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Pied Avocet

(Recurvirostra avosetta)
Alternate name(s): "Black-capped Avocet", "Eurasian Avocet", "Avocet"
German name(s): "Säbelschnäbler"

Size: 42-45 cm (incl. bill, ca. 8 cm; excl. legs); wing span: 77-80 cm
Weight: 230-430 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Pied Avocet at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Frontal and dorsal views of two Pied Avocets (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Lateral view of a Pied Avocet (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Lateral view of two Pied Avocets (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Pied Avocet (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Lateral and dorsal views of Pied Avocets (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Pied Avocet resting on the edge of a lagoon (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Lateral view of a Pied Avocet stretching a wing (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Pied Avocet in a lagoon, with a Greater Flamingo behind (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Distant lateral view of a Pied Avocet in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Pied Avocet coming in to land and, in the process, scaring the wits out of a Greater Flamingo (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Flock of Pied Avocets resting on the edge of a lake in their winter quarters in Kenya, East Africa, in February 2011 (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Pied Avocet resting in shallow water while a juvenile is foraging nearby (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Pied Avocet protecting its 3 chicks (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Pied Avocet protecting its 3 chicks (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Pied Avocet protecting 2 chicks (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Pied Avocet checking out the observer while a young chick is out in the open (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Food, Diet

Juvenile Pied Avocet foraging in shallow water close to one of its parents (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Juvenile Pied Avocet gobbling up its prey... (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

... before continuing the search for food (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

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