AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
The African form of the all-black group, found on coasts of Namibia
and South Africa. Nesting colonially, it is relatively scarce, less than five thousand adults are thought to remain.
A very similar (sub) species, Canarian Black, used to occur on the Canary Islands but is now almost certainly
extinct, having not been seen since 1932. DNA studies have now suggested it may have been a melanistic form of
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