Species Information

The Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

The avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) is one of Britain’s most charismatic, and easy to identify birds which is now the elblem of the RSPB for good reason.

Appearance

The avocet is a small wader found in shallow water around Britain’s coastline. Like so many waders, the avocet possesses long, thin legs that helps it hunt for food in shallow water and it’s plumage is a striking combination of white and black. However the most obvious mark of an avocet is it’s long, black upturned bill which is uses to catch food from beneath the waters surface.

Habitat

Found around Britain’s coasts, most commonly seen in or near shallow eater such as around mudflats at low tide.

Food

The avocet likes to feed on aquatic invertebrates which it locates with it’s sensitive bill, feeling around in the water and mud for it’s prey.

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