American Avocet

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 August 2010
Scientific Name
Recurvirostra americana
  • Charadriiformes
  • Recurvirostridae
  • Recurvirostra
  • R. americana
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18 inches
31 inches
11 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 褐胸反嘴鹬
Czech (Cesky) tenkozobec americký
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Klyde
Dutch (Nederlands) Noordamerikaanse Kluut
Finnish (Suomi) preeria-avosetti
French (Français) Avocette d'Amérique
German (Deutsch) Braunhals-Säbelschnäbler
Italian (Italiano) Avocetta americana
Japanese (日本語) アメリカソリハシセイタカシギ (amerikasorihashiseitakashigi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Amerikaavosett
Polish (Polski) szablodziób amerykanski
Russian (русский язык) Американская шилоютювка
Spanish (Español) Avoceta Americana
Swedish (Svenska) Amerikansk skärfläcka
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