Pied Avocet

Scientific Name:
Recurvirostra avosetta
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Pied Avocet

The Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) is a distinctive wading bird found across parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia.


Pied Avocets are commonly found in shallow coastal habitats such as salt marshes, mudflats, estuaries, lagoons, and sandy beaches. They also inhabit inland wetlands including lakes, ponds, and rivers, particularly during the breeding season. These avocets prefer habitats with shallow water and muddy or sandy substrates, where they can find abundant food such as small invertebrates, crustaceans, and insects.


Pied Avocets are medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 42 to 47 centimeters (16.5 to 18.5 inches) in length, with a wingspan of about 68 to 77 centimeters (27 to 30 inches). They have long, slender legs, a long, upturned bill, and a distinctive black-and-white plumage pattern. Their black and white coloration provides excellent camouflage against the mudflats and salt marshes where they forage for food. Best Viewing The best places to view Pied Avocets are in coastal wetlands and estuarine habitats during the breeding season. Look for them wading in shallow water or foraging for food along the water's edge. These avocets are often seen in small to large flocks, especially during migration and wintering periods when they gather in larger numbers.