New Zealand Oystercatchers

To: "birding aus" <>
Subject: New Zealand Oystercatchers
From: "crompton" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 18:24:45 +1000
Hi all, Just got a copy of The hand guide to the birds of New Zealand. Its list 
of oystercatchers are as follows

Pied Oystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegus ( a totally differant bird to the 
one we find in Australia - Haematopus longirostris???)

Chatham Island Oystercatcher -  Haematopus chathamensis

Variable Oystercatcher - Haematopus unicolor

There was no mention of the South Island Oystercatcher - Haematopus finschi. Is 
it a recent new species? The book says it was published in 2001!  Also the book 
seems to use alot of names for birds that are more like slang or just plain 
uncommon or ambiguous ( example above with Pied Oystercatcher )  than official 
english names and I'm not talking about names like Kakpo or kea, I'm talking 
about Red billed gull for Silver gull and Pied Shag for Pied Cormorant and even 
Black Browed Mollymawk for Black Browed Albatross!
Any thoughts on what some of you might think is a trival matter? my appologies 
if you do
many thanks in advance

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