American Avocet
(Recurvirostra americana) As A Wild Bird

The avocet has long, thin, gray legs, giving it its colloquial name, blue shanks. The plumage is black and white on the back with white on the underbelly. The neck and head are cinnamon colored in the summer and gray in the winter. The long, thin bill is upturned at the end.
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Avocet non-breeding plumage
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(2007)Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary, Palo Alto, CA
Photo Posted May 19, 2007
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This photo was taken late March of this year and many birds were still in just black and white. For courting and breeding the necks and chest acquire a rusty or tan color.

They really seem to enjoy their mud-flats.


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Avocet in breeding plumage (Recurvirostra americana)
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Photo Posted May 20, 2007
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This view shows the extent of the buff coloring avocets acquire on neck and chest in the breeding season. They stand about 15 to 20 inches tall and Wikipedia external link has more info on these birds if you're interested.


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Breeding pair of Avocets
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Photo Posted May 21, 2007
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Taken Early May, they are guarding a nest and looking lovely. Maybe next trip out there I can get a shot of some Avocet chicks.


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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
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(Photo posted Wednesday 27 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:04:08 Monday 19 May, 2008)
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A female avocet sits on her eggs. When the tide comes in this nest will barely be above the water. external link


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