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American Avocet Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Large, slender shorebird with a long, upturned bill, a long neck, and a round head. Its oval body sits atop long legs.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Black-necked Stilt, smaller than a Snowy Egret.

    Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 16.9-18.5 in (43-47 cm)
      • Weight: 9.7-12.3 oz (275-350 g)
      • Wingspan: 28.4 in (72 cm)