The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) is found on Pacific coast from northwest Mexico to central Chile, and on Atlantic- Caribbean coast from northeast USA to south Mexico and from Venezuela to Argentina. It frequents flats, sandy beaches, river mouths and estuaries, mudflats, headlands, and salt ponds. Matures are 46 cm (18 inches) heights and 550 g weights.
Its head, neck, and chest are blackish. Underparts and upper tail-coverts white. Iris yellow, bill red to orange, and legs pink. This bird feeds on mollusks, and other invertebrates.