American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

A flock of variable size can be found most of the year at Pea Island NWR on the NC Outer Banks. Away from Pea Islandor Bodie Island, avocets are rare in NC.
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Bodie Island Lighthouse Pond, Dare Co., NC
23 Feb 2014

Distinctive black and white appearance in winter plumage with long legs and a long upturned bill.

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Bodie Island Lighthouse Pond, Dare Co., NC
23 Feb 2014

Many species of shorebirds and other water birds conserve energy by standing on one leg and tucking the other leg under their feathers.

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Bodie Island Lighthouse Pond, Dare Co., NC
23 Feb 2014
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Bodie Island Lighthouse Pond, Dare Co., NC
23 Feb 2014
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Bodie Island Lighthouse Pond, Dare Co., NC
23 Feb 2014
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Bodie Island Lighthouse Pond, Dare Co., NC
23 Feb 2014
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Bodie Island Lighthouse Pond, Dare Co., NC
23 Feb 2014
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Bodie Island Lighthouse Pond, Dare Co., NC
23 Feb 2014

American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana)
Rollover Pass, Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Co., TX
15 Jan 2018

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Mono Lake, CA
16 July 2007

In breeding plumage, avocet heads and necks become rusty-cinnamon in color.

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Mono Lake, CA
16 July 2007


American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana)
Pea Island NWR, Dare Co., NC
7 Nov 2008

Avocets in winter plumage lack the rusty colors on their heads and necks.

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana)
Pea Island NWR, Dare Co., NC
7 Nov 2008
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana)
Pea Island NWR, Dare Co., NC
7 Nov 2008
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana)
Pea Island NWR, Dare Co., NC
7 Nov 2008


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