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Bird Avocets

Avocet - Photo  Copyright 2005 Charmain Hall
Photo: Charmain Hall

UK Safari Tip:
Look for Avocets in the south and south west of England in winter when the population is swelled by overwintering birds.

Latin name: Recurvirostra avosetta

Size: Approximately 45cms.

Distribution: Found along the south and east coasts of England.

Months seen:
All year round. The resident population is swelled in January and February with wintering birds

Habitat: Saltwater lagoons, estuaries and coastal areas

Food: Worms and shrimps

Lifespan: Up to 24 years

Special features: An elegant wading bird. The plumage is mostly white with black markings on its tail, back, wing tips, top of head and back of neck. The beak is black and curves upwards. The long legs are grey-blue in colour.




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