The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor) is a species of wader in the family Haematopodidae. It is endemic to New Zealand. The Maori name is torea-pango. They are also known as ‘red bills’.
“Variable” refers to the frontal plumage, which ranges from pied through mottled to all black. They are polymorphic meaning they have different genetic variants.Blacker birds are more common in the south island. They have pink legs, an orange eye ring and red beaks.