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 Haematopus ostralegus
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2014 Not Recognised
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Afghanistan Native Extant     Yes  
Albania Native Extant       Yes
Algeria Native Extant        
Angola Vagrant Extant        
Austria Native Extant        
Azerbaijan Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Bahrain Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Bangladesh Native Extant        
Belarus Native Extant Yes      
Belgium Native Extant       Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Native Extant        
Bulgaria Native Extant       Yes
Canada Vagrant Extant        
Cape Verde Native Extant        
China (mainland) Native Extant        
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Vagrant Extant        
Côte d'Ivoire Native Extant        
Croatia Native Extant     Yes  
Cyprus Native Extant        
Czech Republic Native Extant        
Denmark Native Extant     Yes Yes
Djibouti Native Extant        
Egypt Native Extant        
Eritrea Native Extant        
Estonia Native Extant Yes      
Ethiopia Vagrant Extant        
Faroe Islands (to Denmark) Native Extant       Yes
Finland Native Extant Yes   Yes  
France Native Extant     Yes Yes
Gabon Vagrant Extant        
Gambia Native Extant        
Georgia Native Extant        
Germany Native Extant     Yes Yes
Ghana Native Extant        
Gibraltar (to UK) Native Extant        
Greece Native Extant     Yes Yes
Greenland (to Denmark) Vagrant Extant        
Guam (to USA) Vagrant Extant        
Guinea Native Extant        
Guinea-Bissau Native Extant        
Hungary Native Extant        
Iceland Native Extant       Yes
India Native Extant        
Iran, Islamic Republic of Native Extant     Yes Yes
Iraq Native Extant   Yes    
Ireland Native Extant     Yes Yes
Israel Native Extant        
Italy Native Extant     Yes Yes
Japan Native Extant        
Jordan Native Extant     Yes  
Kazakhstan Native Extant Yes      
Kenya Native Extant        
Kuwait Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Kyrgyzstan Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Latvia Native Extant       Yes
Lebanon Vagrant Extant     Yes  
Liberia Vagrant Extant        
Libya Native Extant        
Lithuania Native Extant Yes      
Luxembourg Vagrant Extant        
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Native Extant       Yes
Maldives Vagrant Extant        
Mali Vagrant Extant        
Malta Native Extant        
Mauritania Native Extant        
Moldova Native Extant        
Montenegro Native Extant Yes      
Morocco Native Extant        
Mozambique Native Extant        
Myanmar Native Extant        
Namibia Native Extant        
Nepal Native Extant        
Netherlands Native Extant       Yes
Nigeria Native Extant        
North Korea Native Extant Yes      
Norway Native Extant     Yes Yes
Oman Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Pakistan Native Extant        
Palestinian Authority Territories Native Extant     Yes  
Philippines Vagrant Extant        
Poland Native Extant Yes      
Portugal Native Extant   Yes    
Qatar Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Romania Native Extant       Yes
Russia (Asian) Native Extant Yes      
Russia (Central Asian) Native Extant Yes      
Russia (European) Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Saudi Arabia Native Extant   Yes    
Senegal Native Extant        
Serbia Native Extant Yes      
Seychelles Vagrant Extant        
Sierra Leone Native Extant        
Slovakia Native Extant        
Slovenia Vagrant Extant        
Somalia Native Extant        
South Africa Native Extant        
South Korea Native Extant        
Spain Native Extant     Yes Yes
Sri Lanka Native Extant        
Sudan Native Extant   Yes    
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) Native Extant        
Sweden Native Extant     Yes Yes
Switzerland Native Extant        
Syria Native Extant     Yes  
Taiwan (China) Native Extant        
Tajikistan Native Extant        
Tanzania Native Extant        
Togo Vagrant Extant        
Tunisia Native Extant   Yes    
Turkey Native Extant       Yes
Turkmenistan Native Extant Yes      
Uganda Vagrant Extant        
Ukraine Native Extant     Yes Yes
United Arab Emirates Native Extant   Yes Yes  
United Kingdom Native Extant     Yes Yes
USA Vagrant Extant        
Uzbekistan Native Extant Yes      
Western Sahara Native Extant        
Yemen Native Extant   Yes Yes  

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
China (mainland) Shuangtai (Shuangtaizi) Estuary and Inner Gulf of Liaodong site factsheet
China (mainland) Yalu Jiang Estuary site factsheet
Denmark Fanø site factsheet
Denmark Mandø site factsheet
Denmark Rømø site factsheet
Denmark Vadehavet (Wadden Sea) site factsheet
France Baie de Saint-Brieuc site factsheet
France Baie des Veys et Marais du Cotentin site factsheet
France Baie du Mont Saint Michel et Ile des Landes site factsheet
France Camargue site factsheet
France Cap Gris-nez site factsheet
France Estuaires picards : baies de Somme et d'Authie site factsheet
France Etangs Montpellierains site factsheet
France Petite Camargue laguno-marine site factsheet
Greece Amvrakikos gulf site factsheet
Greece Axios, Loudias and Aliakmonas rivers' deltas site factsheet
Greece Evros delta site factsheet
Greece Mesolongi and Aitoliko lagoons, Acheloos delta and Evinos estuary site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Khouran Straits site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Rud-i-Gaz and Rud-i-Hara deltas site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Rud-i-Shur, Rud-i-Shirin and Rud-i-Minab deltas site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Shadegan marshes and tidal mudflats of Khor-al Amaya and Khor Musa site factsheet
Ireland Dublin Bay site factsheet
Mauritania Banc d'Arguin National Park site factsheet
Netherlands Ameland: Duinen-Oerd site factsheet
Netherlands Balgzand site factsheet
Netherlands Frisian Wadden Sea coast site factsheet
Netherlands Griend site factsheet
Netherlands Groningen Wadden Sea coast site factsheet
Netherlands Oosterschelde site factsheet
Netherlands Rottumeroog site factsheet
Netherlands Rottumerplaat site factsheet
Netherlands Schiermonnikoog site factsheet
Netherlands Terschelling: De Boschplaat site factsheet
Netherlands Vlieland site factsheet
Netherlands Wadden Sea site factsheet
Netherlands Westerschelde and Saeftinghe site factsheet
Oman Barr al Hikman site factsheet
Oman Masirah island site factsheet
Oman Ras al Hadd site factsheet
Russia (Asian) Malakchan bay site factsheet
Russia (Asian) Moroshechnaya river site factsheet
Russia (Asian) Perevolochny bay site factsheet
Saudi Arabia Tarut Bay site factsheet
South Korea Geum-gang river and estuary site factsheet
South Korea Namyang Bay site factsheet
South Korea Yubu-do island site factsheet
Tunisia Kneiss site factsheet
United Kingdom Burry Inlet site factsheet
United Kingdom Dee Estuary site factsheet
United Kingdom Mid-Essex Coast site factsheet
United Kingdom Moray Basin, Firths and Bays site factsheet
United Kingdom Moray Basin, Firths and Bays site factsheet
United Kingdom Morecambe Bay site factsheet
United Kingdom North Uist Machair and Islands site factsheet
United Kingdom Ribble and Alt Estuaries site factsheet
United Kingdom South Uist Machair and Lochs site factsheet
United Kingdom The Wash site factsheet
United Kingdom The Wash site factsheet
United Kingdom Uists Machairs, Lochs and Coast site factsheet
United Kingdom Upper Solway Flats and Marshes site factsheet


Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent
Sport Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Haematopus ostralegus. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Not Recognised
Family Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Species name author Linnaeus, 1758
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species