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American Avocet

Recurvirostra americana


Breeding birds have a chic rusty head and neck that turns grayish white after breeding. A black patch on the back and black-and-white wings mark its largely white body. The legs are bluish gray.


Found in wetlands including shallow fresh and saltwater wetlands, salt ponds, impoundments, and evaporation ponds. Forages in open water generally less than 8 inches deep. During winter also uses intertidal mudflats, tidal lagoons, brackish impoundments, sewage ponds, rice fields, and flooded pastures.

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Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Apr 29, 2020
Submitted on Apr 30, 2020

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