Black Oystercatcher


The way we see it, if you’re gonna have a big nose, make it flaming orange and put it too good use. The Cyranos of the bird world, black oystercatchers use their signature beaks to hammer or pry open their favorite bivalves — mussels, limpets, whelks and the eponymous oysters, but only rarely.

Stocky oystercatchers prowl rocky coastlines from southern Alaska to Baja, California on their pale pink legs. But those legs won’t be long enough if, as expected, climate change raises sea levels and submerges the bird’s natural foraging and breeding grounds.