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South Island Oystercatcher
46cm. Black head and upper surfaces, and a white belly and a white Y pattern between the chest and the folded wing, long red-orange bill and red legs.
Rivers, open paddocks and cultivated land, lake beaches, coastal estuaries, bays, beaches, sandflats and intertidal mudflats.
The diet includes molluscs and worms.
It nests in sand scrapes on farmland or gravel banks. 2 - 3, brown eggs, blotched dark and pale brown, are laid and incubated for 24-28 days, by both sexes. The young fledge 6 weeks after hatching.
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