June 2009 - American Avocet
 
American Avocets, Recurvirostra americana
American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana

The American Avocet is a graceful and elegant wading bird. It is shown here its breeding colours: reddish head, neck and breast. During non-breeding times, these parts turn white with a grayish head. Both sexes have similar plumage but the female has a shorter and more curved bill.

As it walks through the muddy flats, the American Avocet sweeps its long, upturned bill from side to side. This way it can effectively catch small crustaceans and insects in the water.

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American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana

This is a migratory bird, spending winters in coastal areas of the US and Mexico and summers in the wetlands and lakes of western Canada and the US.

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