American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

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Edited by: A. Poole

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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.

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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