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American Avocet

Scientific Name:

Recurvirostra americana




Wetland and marine areas


The Rocky Mountains, in most states west of the Rocky Mountains, and along the southeastern seaboard of the US


Least Concern (IUCN Red List)

This species is


to the Truckee Meadows.


American avocets are tall birds that have long, thin, stilt-like legs. Their beaks are also long, thin and upturned. These long beaks are used to rummage around in the mud and sand for small crustaceans but also used to grab insects out of the air. American avocets have black and white bodies with rust-colored feathers on their heads and necks.

Fast Facts:

  • American Avocets are ready and able to walk, to swim, and to dive after their first day as hatchlings. Soon after they are able to find and eat their own food.

  • American avocets are found in wetland areas where there is a steady presence of shallow water and mudflats. They are also found in marine intertidal areas, but breed in our area. They like to eat the insects and the small crustaceans found in the shallow waters of both fresh and salt water areas.

  • Here in the Truckee Meadows, American avocets have been seen regularly around the South Meadows area, including the Rosewood Nature Study Area.



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Last Updated:

March 27, 2024 at 1:48:23 AM

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