RED-NECKED AVOCET Recurvirostra novaehollandiae

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An Australian endemic and that continent's representative, this bird is unmistakeable. The red head and neck most resemble the North American species, but there is no non-breeding plumage. It occurs over most of Australia but is rare on Eastern and Northern coasts, and pioneering colonies in New Zealand, established in the late 19th century, have long since died out.

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