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Pied Avocet

Recurvirostra avosetta


Is a large black and white wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae. Adults have white plumage except for a black cap and black patches in the wings and on the back. They have long, upturned bills and long, bluish legs. Males and females look alike. The juvenile resembles the adult but with more greyish and sepia tones.


These birds forage in shallow brackish water or on mud flats. They mainly eat crustaceans and insects. Their breeding habitat is also shallow lakes with brackish water and exposed bare mud. They nest on open ground, often in small groups, sometimes with other waders. 3-5 eggs are laid in a lined scrape or on a mound of vegetation.


Salty lake in Playa Pinet, Santa Pola.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks birdlady!

birdlady6000 9 years ago

Very nice pics!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago


Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 9 years ago


MarceloCamacho 9 years ago

Great shot!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

nice series!

Atul 9 years ago

super series !
loved the nesting pic!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks, Arun!

Arun 9 years ago

nice spotting !!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Wonderful series,

The MnMs
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Santa Pola, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Apr 8, 2012
Submitted on Apr 30, 2012


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