(Recurvirostra Americana)What is an Avocet?
With its striking coloration, long legs and elegant profile, the American Avocet is unique among North American Birds. The avocet is a migratory shorebird that is characterized by a long, thin upcurved bill with distinctive black and white markings on its back and sides.Migratory Pattern –
In the Fall and Winter, the Avocet migrates from the Midwest to the Southeastern portion of the Atlantic Coast, including the barrier islands of South Carolina.Habitat –
The Avocet can be found digging for food in shallow fresh and salt water marshes or shallow coastal bays.
In response to predators, American Avocets usually use diversionary tactics such as loud screeching or even a “dive bomb” where the bird swoops down on the predator and narrowly miss it until the intruder turns away.Avocet Facts
- Size – 11 to 16 inches
- Weight – 11 to 15 oz
- Life Span – 5 years avg.
- Avocet Chicks leave the nest within 24 hours after hatching and can walk, swim and dive for food.