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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

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DOI: 10.2173/bna.275

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Abstract

This large, striking shorebird with long bluish-gray legs, a long recurved bill, and a black-and-white chevron pattern on its back and wings is one of four Avocet species in the world, the only one with distinct breeding and non-breeding plumages -- its grayish-white head and neck feathers become cinnamon in early spring as birds begin to form pairs and migrate to breeding areas.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
DOI:
10.2173/bna.275
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Contributing office(s):
Western Ecological Research Center
Description:
HTML Document
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Birds of North America Online
Country:
United States