AMERICAN AVOCET Recurvirostra americana

A species well known to most visitors to the USA, the left-hand birds are in breeding plumage; the head and neck turn grey in winter, as in the right hand shot. These particular birds were taken in Arizona and Texas. Seeming to be less aggresive than their counterparts in Europe, they are often seen with other species such as Stilts. There are only four Avocet species worldwide but they are found on every continent (except Antarctica).

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