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South Island Pied Oystercatcher (SIPO) (Haematopus finschi, Haematopodidae: Oystercatchers) North Island, NZ

The South Island Pied Oystercatcher is endemic to New Zealand. A vagrant to the coast of eastern Australia. it is widespread on the South Island and coastal in the north. Here filmed at Miranda in the Firth of Thames SE of Auckland. Compare these birds to the Australian Pied Oystercatcher at vimeo.com/70914750 . The New Zealand birds have shorter legs and longer beaks and underwing have mostly white flight feathers.

Can be found with Variable Osytercatcher, vimeo.com/147417905, another NZ Endemic.

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