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American Avocet

American Black Vulture
Alexandrine Parakeet

About the American Avocet

Also known as: Avocet

The American Avocet is a wading bird that breeds across much of the western United States and parts of Canada. American Avocets winter along the Florida coast and into parts of Mexico. During breeding season, their pied (black-and-white) plumage is accentuated by cinnamon colored flanks.

American Avocets feed by foraging in shallow water or along mud flats. They sweep their bills from side to side in search of prey, including crustaceans and insects.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 August 2010
Scientific Name Recurvirostra americana
  • Charadriiformes
  • Recurvirostridae
  • Recurvirostra
  • R. americana
Birdorable Family Plovers & Shorebirds
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18 inches
31 inches
11 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 褐胸反嘴鹬 (Chinese)
  • tenkozobec americký (Czech)
  • Amerikansk Klyde (Danish)
  • Noordamerikaanse Kluut (Dutch)
  • preeria-avosetti (Finnish)
  • Avocette d'Amérique (French)
  • Braunhals-Säbelschnäbler (German)
  • Avocetta americana (Italian)
  • アメリカソリハシセイタカシギ (amerikasorihashiseitakashigi) (Japanese)
  • Amerikaavosett (Norwegian)
  • szablodziób amerykanski (Polish)
  • Американская шилоютювка (Russian)
  • Avoceta Americana (Spanish)
  • Amerikansk skärfläcka (Swedish)

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