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American Avocet

Recurvirostra americana ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES FAMILY: RECURVIROSTRIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

With its elegant profile and striking coloration, the American Avocet is unique among North American birds. In summer it can be found in temporary and unpredictable wetlands across western North America where it swings its long upturned bill through the shallow water to catch small invertebrates.

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Appearance

Shorebirds
Shorebirds
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large shorebird. Long legs.
  • Long, upturned bill.
  • Black-and-white upperparts.
  • Rusty or gray neck and head.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but head colored light buff.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Black-necked Stilt has all black back, black face and back of neck, and red legs.
  • Godwits less cleanly marked and with shorter legs.