Oyster Catchers- Western Isles Bird Sightings
Females and Male oyster catchers are very similar in appearance, although males often have relatively shorter, thicker bills. Juveniles have brownish-black upperparts, grey legs, and a dark tip to the bill
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Isle of Lewis , Harris and the Uists - Bird Sightings - Oyster Catchers
As the oyster catchers eat cockles, it was a shame but in the 1970's many birds were killed, in order to safeguard the industry, making these birds become many fewer and indeed though this practice stopped these birds are still in the UK on the Amber List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review.
There are twelve species of oyster catchers throughout the world, though some are in danger of becoming extinct