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Avocet: Pied

Unread postby francoisd » Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:52 pm

Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
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Other Names
Afrikaans: Bontelsie
Dutch: kluut
German: Säbelschnäbler
Portuguese: Alfaiate
French: Avocette élégante

The Pied Avocet is a large wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae.

Adults have white plumage except for a black cap and black patches in the wings and on the back. They have long, upturned bills and long, bluish legs. Juvenile birds are brown where the adult is black, and the juvenile's white plumage is often blotched with greyer patches.

Their breeding habitat is in shallow lakes with brackish water and bare mud exposed. They nest on open ground, often in small groups, sometimes with other waders. 3-5 eggs are laid in a lined scrape or on a mound of vegetation.

These birds forage in shallow brackish water or on mud flats, often sweeping their bills from side to side in water. They mainly eat crustaceans and insects. The call of the Avocet is a loud klute-klute-klute.

This species gets its English and scientific names from its black cap, as once worn by European advocates or lawyers.
(Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pied_Avocet)


This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 10,000,000 km². It has a large global population estimated to be 210,000-460,000 individuals (Wetlands International 2002). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
(BirdLife International (2006) Species factsheet: Recurvirostra avosetta. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/2/2007)
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:05 pm

Often seen at the popular Cape wetland birding spots.
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Re: Avocet: Pied

Unread postby granjan » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:03 pm

Seen at Rondevlei recently. Lovely birds!
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Re: Avocet: Pied

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:46 pm

Nice pic granjan :thumbs_up:
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Re: Avocet: Pied

Unread postby granjan » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:11 pm

Thanks BB.
Rondevlei's a great place for an hour's birding!

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Unread postby Bart47 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:32 pm

Great shot granjan, tomorrow and saturday i will be in Rondevlei. Looking forward to that.

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Re: Avocet: Pied

Unread postby granjan » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:36 pm

:thumbs_up:
Hope you see something special Bart!

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Re: Avocet: Pied

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:02 am

I have this desire to get a good photograph of an avocet in flight… never seem to manage it! Like those great pix of long-tailed widowbirds in flight… it just never happens for me.

This avocet shot is a consolation prize…

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