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American Avocet

Recurvirostra americana


With its elegant profile and striking coloration, the American Avocet is unique among North American birds. In summer it can be found in temporary and unpredictable wetlands across western North America where it swings its long upturned bill through the shallow water to catch small invertebrates. Cornell Lab


Shallow Lake: Myakka River State Park, Lower Lake

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p.young713 12 years ago

Thanks, great find!

ceherzog 12 years ago

According to the Birdlife of Florida, Avocets have been recorded in FL all months of the year...but it is not known to breed here. Mostly it winters here but is never very common.

p.young713 12 years ago

This is a cool bird. I have never seen one of these. Is it a migrating bird or does it live in Florida year round?

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Sarasota, Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 11, 2012
Submitted on Feb 12, 2012

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