Avocet

The Avocet, Recurvirostra avosetta, is a large black and white wader in the avocet and stilt family Recurvirostridae. It is also variously known as the Pied Avocet, Eurasian Avocet and Black-capped Avocet.

Avocet

They breed in temperate Europe and western and Central Asia and most migrate to Africa or southern Asia for the winter.

Avocet

Adults birds are basically white except for a black cap and black patches in the wings and on the back. They have long (up to 10 cm) bills which curl up at the end and have long, bluish legs. Males and females are almost identical but juveniles are a bit more greyish. The adults have a wingspan of between 75 and 80 centimetres.

Avocets are usually found in shallow marshy, muddy areas and hunt by swishing their bills from side to side in the water. They eat crustaceans and insects.

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Recurvirostridae
Genus: Recurvirostra
Species: R. avosetta