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Avocet

Recurvirostra avosetta

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Avocets and Stilts (Recurvirostridae)

BTO 2

AV

BTO 5

AVOCE

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Not a species of Concern

Conservation Description


The Avocet is locally distributed in coastal areas and around saline lakes in Europe, Asia, and much of Africa. Some populations that breed in the northern parts of its range migrate to tropical Africa and Asia for the winter (where they augment resident Avocet populations). This bird species prefers brackish and saline wetlands and is believed to have a large enough population to not warrant its inclusion on the IUCN Red List. Therefore, the Avocet (Pied) is evaluated as Least Concern.

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Avocet: Large shorebird with very thin, upturned bill. Mostly white with black patches in wings, on head, and on nape. Bill black, long legs gray. Feeds by sweeping distinctive bill from side to side in shallow, briny water or mud. Legs project during strong, swift flight.


Range and Habitat

Avocet: Both a migrant and a resident breeder in England. Found breeding along the east coast in summer; migrants head for the southwest coastline in winter. Can be seen wading in mudflats, lagoons, sandy beaches and estuaries. Some birds winter in Africa.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"wheep"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In Great Britain the Avocet became extinct in 1840. It was successfully recolonized at Minsmere, Suffolk in 1947, which led to its adoption as the logo of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
  • The English and scientific names are from the Venetian word avosetta and may refer to black and white outfits of European lawyers and advocates.
  • In a large colony they are aggressively defensive and chase off any other species of birds that try to nest among or near them. That causes the annoyed remark "Avocet : Exocet" from some British birdwatchers.
  • A group of avocets are collectively known as a "colony" of avocets.

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