School of Life Sciences | Ask A Biologist

dropdown arrow downdropdown arrow upshow/hide menu

Ask A Biologist heading

Bird Details

Upright Perching Water Birds Upright Perching Water Birds

American Avocet

Recurvirostra americana

American Avocet
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 18 in. (46 cm)
A noisy and obvious resident of inland marshes, mud flats and ocean estuaries, the American Avocet uses its long legs and peculiarly upturned bill to stir up aquatic invertebrates underwater. Often nesting together with other pairs of avocets in a loose colony, they are all quick to fly over the heads of intruders and dive bomb them with loud callings. It commonly swims when the water is too deep to wade in. The nest is a shallow depression near water in sand or gravel and often in the shade of an isolated bush. The adults have orangish heads and necks in the breeding season that become whitish for the rest of the year. The four-digit banding code is AMAV.

Mudflat
Mudflat

Open water
Open water

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.

Male
Chirping (sound type)
Bird Call
Download sound

view small images | view large images | view zoomed images

CR_AMAV_072702_T.jpg
Male
Chirping (sound type)
Bird Call

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.

 

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.

dropdown arrow downdropdown arrow up  Learn More

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.