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(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Charadriiformes - Recurvirostridae Charadriiformes - Recurvirostridae
Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta

(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Charadriiformes - Recurvirostridae Charadriiformes - Recurvirostridae
Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta

Pied Advocet:

UK Status: Resident.

Habitat: This bird is the emblem of the RSPB, once extinct in the UK, but has since made a remarkable come back. First re-appearing in the nineteen forties, there are now nearly 2000 breeding pairs in the UK. It is to be found on coastal pools and lagoons, and also on the River Exe estuary during winter. During World War 2 the beaches were closed off and mined, to repel a possible German invasion. This gave the birds chance to re-colonise these areas.

Breeding: This bird nests in a scrape on the ground, often on bare ground, and sometimes lined with pieces of vegetation. Avocets lay three to four eggs between April and June, and take about twenty five days to hatch them.

Comment: During the breeding season they can be seen along the east coast. During winter they can also be seen on parts of the south west coast. This bird feeds on small aquatic creatures such as worms, crustaceans and insects.

(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Charadriiformes - Recurvirostridae Charadriiformes - Recurvirostridae Charadriiformes - Recurvirostridae Charadriiformes - Recurvirostridae
Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta

 

       
       
 

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