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Andean Avocet

The Andean Avocet (Recurvirostra andina) is a species of bird belonging to the avocet and stilt family,
Recurvirostridae. It is found in the Andes, breeding above 11,400 feet in northwestern Argentina, western Bolivia, northern Chile and southern Peru. Its breeding habitat is found near shallow, alkaline (not always) lakes. It is non-migratory, but may move to lower altitudes when not breeding.

The adult is 17 to 19 inches long and has a white head, neck, underparts and rump. The back, wings and tail are dark brown. The thin, gray legs are not as long as in most other avocet species. The long, thin black bill is upward turned at the end. Sexes are similar.

The Andean Avocet forages in shallow water or on mud flats, often sweeping its bill from side to side in the water as it seeks its crustacean and insect prey. These birds often nest in small groups. Females lay their eggs in, or around January.

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Andean Avocet


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