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Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
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 not a migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 855,000
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 868,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Unknown -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 13.7 - - -
Trend justification: The population trend is difficult to determine because of uncertainty over the extent of threats to the species (del Hoyo et al. 1996).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Australia Native Extant       Yes
Indonesia Native Extant       Yes
Papua New Guinea Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Australia Barrow Island site factsheet
Australia Bruny Island site factsheet
Australia Cadell and Blyth Floodplains site factsheet
Australia Coffin Bay site factsheet
Australia Coorong site factsheet
Australia Corner Inlet site factsheet
Australia Eastern Flinders Island site factsheet
Australia Eighty Mile Beach site factsheet
Australia Exmouth Gulf Mangroves site factsheet
Australia Faure and Pelican Islands (Shark Bay) site factsheet
Australia Great Sandy Strait site factsheet
Australia Gulf Plains site factsheet
Australia Gulf St Vincent site factsheet
Australia Kangaroo Island site factsheet
Australia King Island site factsheet
Australia Marion Bay site factsheet
Australia Melaleuca to Birchs Inlet site factsheet
Australia Milingimbi Islands site factsheet
Australia Moreton Bay and Pumicestone Passage site factsheet
Australia Moulting Lagoon site factsheet
Australia North-west Tasmanian Coast site factsheet
Australia Nuyts Archipelago site factsheet
Australia Repulse Bay to Ince Bay site factsheet
Australia Robbins Passage and Boullanger Bay site factsheet
Australia Roebuck Bay site factsheet
Australia Rubicon Estuary site factsheet
Australia Shoalwater Bay (Rockhampton) site factsheet
Australia South Arm site factsheet
Australia St Helens (Tasmania) site factsheet
Australia Tamar Wetlands site factsheet
Australia Tourville and Murat Bays site factsheet
Australia Venus Bay site factsheet
Australia Western Port site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Marine Coastal/Supratidal Coastal Sand Dunes suitable breeding
Marine Intertidal Mud Flats and Salt Flats major non-breeding
Marine Intertidal Salt Marshes (Emergent Grasses) suitable breeding
Marine Intertidal Sandy Shoreline and/or Beaches, Sand Bars, Spits, Etc suitable breeding
Marine Intertidal Sandy Shoreline and/or Beaches, Sand Bars, Spits, Etc suitable non-breeding
Marine Intertidal Shingle and/or Pebble Shoreline and/or Beaches suitable breeding
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  


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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Haematopus longirostris. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016.

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 Least Concern
Family Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Species name author Vieillot, 1817
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Unknown
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 855,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species