12 November, 2009

Pied Avocet

Scientific Name: Recurvirostra avosetta

Population Estimate: 210K - 460K

Range / Habitat: The Pied Avocet is mainly migratory, but populations are present all year round in Africa and in some parts of W Europe. The strongest migrants are the eastern populations which move to Persian Gulf, NW India and SE China in winter, coming from C Asian breeding areas.

Field Notes: The Pied Avocet is a striking white wader with bold black markings. 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.

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