American Avocet

Vickie Emms

Anola, MB., Canada

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September 28, 2011


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Featured in Art & Photography – December 21, 2010


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September 11, 2010

American avocet Recurvirostra americana
Identification Tips:

  • Length: 15 inches
  • Large, very long-legged shorebird
  • Long, very thin, upturned black bill
  • Blue-gray legs
  • White rump and tail
  • Sexes similar, but bill is more strongly recurved in female than in male

Adult alternate:

  • Rust red head, neck and chest
  • White lores and eyering
  • White upper back, breast, belly and tail
  • White back is bordered by two long, black stripes on the scapulars
  • Black outer wing and white inner wing, with a black bar through middle of inner wing

Adult basic:

  • Similar to adult alternate, but head, neck, and chest are grayish

Juvenile:

Canon EOS Rebel XTi; Sigma 150-500mm lens @500mm
Strathmore, Alberta, Canada


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