Oystercatchers inland again

Subject: Oystercatchers inland again
From: "Philip Battley" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 13:56:34 +1000
Hi all,

Actually, in New Zealand it's the extremely abundant South Island 
Pied Oystercatcher which is all over the South Island. Around some 
towns in the central South Island during the breeding season they 
occur on playing fields, grassy verges and even road gutters 
(feeding, not breeding, that is). While there are a few historical 
records of Variables inland, they are now almost exclusively 

All around New Zealand, however, you will find oystercatchers 
roosting and feeding in wet fields. Bar-tailed Godwits also 
commonly feed in wet grass. My guess is that these birds are getting 
insect larvae and possibly worms. In the dry central South Island 
away from rivers, conditions must be very different, and closer to 
Aussie conditions. If it looks good, eat it...

Phil Battley,
Faculty of Environmental Sciences,
Griffith University,
Queensland 4111,
Ph: 0061-7-3875-7474

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