Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Wednesday wildlife – Pied Avocet

Pied Avocets have long legs and long, thin, upcurved bills (giving their scientific name Recurvirostra avosetta) which they sweep from side to side when feeding in the brackish or saline wetlands they prefer.

Members of this species have webbed feet and readily swim. Their diet consists of aquatic insects and other small creatures. They nest on the ground in loose colonies.

The Pied Avocet is the emblem of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

1 comment:

  1. I really must put more effort into getting close enough to the waders that surround me. This is, perhaps, the jolt that I need. They are really enticing photos.


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