American Oystercatchers are found in coastal areas, most commonly along the central Gulf. They forage along the shore and on sandbars and mudflats. They pry open partially open shellfish and hammer on closed bivalves until they break open.|
Oystercatchers nest in shallow depressions in the sand, sometimes in small colonies.
American Oystercatchers are a species of special concern due to disturbed and diminished habitat.
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