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    American Avocet

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    American Avocet

    Recurvirostra americana
    • ORDER: Charadriiformes
    • FAMILY: Recurvirostridae
    Basic Description

    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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    Other Names
    • Avoceta Americana (Spanish)
    • Avocette d'Amérique (French)
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