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American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana

Shorebirds
Avocet Family (Recurcirostridae)

Size: Length: 43-46 cm

Description: This uncommon migrant may be spotted as it dabbles in the shallow water of marshes and ponds for tiny crustaceans, insects, and seeds. They are distinctive with their long, upturned bill. Their head, neck and throat are rust coloured. There is a white patch at the base of the bill, and a white eye-ring. The wings are black with a prominent white stripe when folded. The legs are pale blue. In non-breeding plumage, the rusty head feathers are traded in for gray.

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