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SOOTY OYSTERCATCHER (Haematopus fuliginosus)
Biodiversity > Birds > Rare visitors and vagrants

Vagrant. One seen by Barbara Howie on a rocky beach near Old Gulch on 15 March 1987 (NSWBA data; B. Howie pers. comm.). Although this record could be of a New Zealand Variable Oystercatcher H. unicolor, that this species does not migrate within New Zealand and has not been recorded elsewhere (Heather & Robertson 1996). The Sooty Oystercatcher has been recorded crossing Bass Strait (Watkins 1993), equivalent to over half the distance from Australia to Lord Howe Island so it is likely that the bird on Lord Howe Island was a Sooty Oystercatcher.

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