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Red-necked Avocet

(Recurvirostra novaehollandiae)
Alternate name(s): "Australian Avocet", "Cobbler", "Trumpeter", "Painted Lady"
Aboriginal name(s): "yadjinkorong" (WA)

Size: 40-48 cm
Weight: 310 g (average)

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red-necked Avocet at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Near-frontal view of an adult Red-necked Avocet
[Goran Lake, NSW, February 2012]

Near-lateral view of a Red-necked Avocet
[Goran Lake, NSW, September 2011]

Close-up lateral view of a Red-necked Avocet
[Goran Lake, NSW, February 2012]

Lateral view of a Red-necked Avocet; different posture
[Goran Lake, NSW, September 2011]

Near-dorsal view of a Red-necked Avocet
[Goran Lake, NSW, September 2011]

Close-up view of a Red-necked Avocet sifting through water
[Goran Lake, NSW, September 2011]

Three Red-necked Avocets seen close together
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

Here a group of Red-necked Avocets that has just woken up from resting near a lake shore
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

Red-necked Avocets resting on a sand bank in a dam
[Burren Junction, NSW, December 2013]

Close-up near-lateral view of a Red-necked Avocets in flight
[Wee Waa, NSW, September 2012]

Close-up lateral view of three Red-necked Avocets in flight
[Wee Waa, NSW, September 2012]

Small group of Red-necked Avocets in flight just above the water's surface
[Goran Lake, NSW, August 2011]

Small flock of Red-necked Avocets at take-off... (photo courtesy of R. Druce)
[Goran Lake, NSW, August 2012]

... and landing again after turning a full circle (photo courtesy of R. Druce)
[Goran Lake, NSW, August 2012]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

This can be done at various depths, even with the head under water (see photo below, the Red-necked Avocet in the background behind the immature bird shown there)
[Goran Lake, NSW, September 2011]

Here an immature bird seen with an adult Red-necked Avocet foraging with its head under water
[Goran Lake, NSW, September 2011]

This photo provides a direct comparison between an adult and an immature Red-necked Avocet
[Goran Lake, NSW, September 2011]

Lateral view of a the same immature Red-necked Avocet
[Goran Lake, NSW, September 2011]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Dispersive Elementary unit: Flock

Red-necked Avocets are sociable birds; they do almost everything in large numbers.

Red-necked Avocets feeding as a pack
[Wee Waa, NSW, September 2012]

Flock of Red-necked Avocets hustling a Black Kite
[Goran Lake, NSW, February 2012]

Red-necked Avocets resting on a sandbank
[Goran Lake, NSW, March 2012]

This photo demonstrates how close to each other Red-necked Avocets can fly; the two birds in front are in fact crossing paths
[Goran Lake, NSW, February 2012]

Red-necked Avocets do not like to be approached when close to shore and will retreat into deeper water
[Goran Lake, NSW, August 2011]

Food, Diet

Red-necked Avocets feed on small animals they sweep up from just under the mud surface of shallow waters.

This photo illustrates Red-necked Avocets' hunting technique; they sweep their bills sideways vigorously, dredging through the mud in pursuit of small animals just under the surface
[Goran Lake, NSW, August 2011]

Here one can see how Red-necked Avocets sift water for prey; the upper mandible is stable while the lower mandible is moved up and down
[Goran Lake, NSW, September 2011]

Three Red-necked Avocets feeding as ducks usually do
[Goran Lake, NSW, August 2012]

Red-necked Avocets feeding in shallow water, with their heads under water; photo courtesy of C. Hayne down
[Near Moree, NSW, October 2012]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

rnavoct_20141206_4.mp3 (NW NSW) Contact calls © MD
rnavoct_20151219_2.mp3 (NW NSW) Contact calls (flock) © MD
rnavoct_20151219.mp3 (NW NSW) Warning calls © MD
rnavoct_20141206_3.mp3 (NW NSW) Mixed flock (with Pink-e. Duck) © MD

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