The American Avocet [ Pictures for Easy Identification]

Last Updated: Nov 06, 2022

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Introduction

What the American Avocet Looks Like

The American Avocet has overall color of black and white and rust.

The American Avocet has head color of red and white.

The American Avocet has face color of red and white.

The American Avocet has back color of black and white.

The American Avocet has bill color of black.

The American Avocet has wing color of black and white.

The American Avocet has belly color of white.

The American Avocet has tail color of white.

The American Avocet has chest color of red.

The American Avocet has leg color of bluish gray.

The American Avocet has neck color of red.

Range and Sighting Map for the American Avocet

US Range Map for the American Avocet in the FALL
US Range Map for the American Avocet in the FALL
US Range Map for the American Avocet in the SUMMER
US Range Map for the American Avocet in the SUMMER
US Range Map for the American Avocet in the WINTER
US Range Map for the American Avocet in the WINTER
US Range Map for the American Avocet in the SPRING
US Range Map for the American Avocet in the SPRING

Weight, Length, and Wingspan of the American Avocet

The length of the American Avocet is from 16.9 inches to 18.5 inches (42.9 cm to 47.0 cm).

The weight of the American Avocet is from 9.7 ounces to 12.3 ounces (275.0 grams to 348.7 grams).

The wingspan of the American Avocet is 28.4 inches (72.1 cm).

Pictures of the American Avocet

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American Avocet, American Avocet by Monkeystyle3000, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Avocet, American Avocet by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Region, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Avocet, American Avocets by Wildreturn, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Avocet, American avocets breeding colors by Monkeystyle3000, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Avocet, American Avocet by btrentler, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Avocet, American Avocet by birder125, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Avocet, American Avocet by birder125, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Avocet, American Avocet by YoungSue, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Avocet, American Avocet by Allan Hack, from flickr, licensed under CC
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American Avocet, American Avocet by Dan Pancamo, from flickr, licensed under CC
adult American Avocet
adult American Avocet, American avocet at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge by USFWS Mountain Prairie, from flickr, licensed under CC
adult American Avocet
adult American Avocet, American avocet at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge by USFWS Mountain Prairie, from flickr, licensed under CC
male American Avocet
male American Avocet, IMG_3808 by gary_leavens, from flickr, licensed under CC
female American Avocet
female American Avocet, American Avocet Mating Ritual by jkirkhart35, from flickr, licensed under CC
flock American Avocet
flock American Avocet, American Avocets, with breeding plumage ~ Recurvirostra americana ~ Great Lakes and Watershed, Michigan by j van cise photos, from flickr, licensed under CC
flock American Avocet
flock American Avocet, American Avocet – Recurvirostra americana, Everglades National Park, Homestead, Florida by Judy Gallagher, from flickr, licensed under CC
flock American Avocet
flock American Avocet, American Avocets, with breeding plumage ~ Recurvirostra americana ~ Great Lakes and Watershed, Michigan (flock) by j van cise photos, from flickr, licensed under CC
flock American Avocet
flock American Avocet, A flock of American avocets by stephenlester, from flickr, licensed under CC
flock American Avocet
flock American Avocet, American Avocets by YoungSue, from flickr, licensed under CC
flock American Avocet
flock American Avocet, Baylands Flocks by Don McCullough, from flickr, licensed under CC
flock American Avocet
flock American Avocet, Photograph by Don McCullough, from flickr, licensed under CC
flight American Avocet
flight American Avocet, American Avocets, breeding plumage ~ Recurvirostra americana ~ Great Lakes and Watersheds, Michigan by j van cise photos, from flickr, licensed under CC
flight American Avocet
flight American Avocet, American Avocet in Flight by donjd2, from flickr, licensed under CC
flight American Avocet
flight American Avocet, Avocet, taking flight by oskay, from flickr, licensed under CC
flight American Avocet
flight American Avocet, American Avocet in flight by simonrumi, from flickr, licensed under CC
flight American Avocet
flight American Avocet, In Flight by Don McCullough, from flickr, licensed under CC
flight American Avocet
flight American Avocet, Avocet in Silicon Valley by Don McCullough, from flickr, licensed under CC

Feeding Behavior of the American Avocet

It finds food by touch by searching inside the water with its bill.

It also finds food by sight, by picking items from the surface of water or mud, or by plunging its head into the water.

Sometimes it also catches flying insects in midair as they fly.

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What the American Avocet Likes to Eat

The American Avocet feeds on the following:

  • small crustaceans
  • insects
  • seeds
  • midge larvae
  • aquatic insects
  • brine shrimp
  • brine flies.

Where To Find the American Avocet

You can find the American Avocet in the following habitats:

  • Beaches
  • mud flats
  • shallow lakes
  • prairie ponds
  • along the coast and in the interior
  • prefer salty or alkaline lakes more than fresh waters.

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