The American Oystercatcher is found on the Gulf Coast in Port Aransas throughout the year.


About the American Oystercatcher

In the 19th century they became locally extinct in the northeast due to market hunting and egg collecting. After receiving protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, their range extended northward to re-occupy historical habitat in New England. They nest on the beach and feed on marine invertebrates.

The large, heavy beak is used to pry open bivalve mollusks. Oystercatchers raise a clutch of two or three chicks.