Common Names: American avocet, blue shanks
Sub-category: Stilts & Avocets
This avocet has long, thin, gray legs, giving it its colloquial name, blue shanks. The plumage is black and white on the back with white on the underbelly. The neck and head are cinnamon colored in the summer and gray in the winter. The long, thin bill is upturned at the end.
The breeding habitat is marshes, beaches, prairie ponds, and shallow lakes. Nesting occurs near water, usually on small islands or boggy shorelines where access by predators is difficult. The American avocet forages in shallow water or on mud flats, often sweeping its bill from side to side in water as it seeks its crustacean and insect prey.
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