American Avocet

(Recurvirostra americana)

American Avocets can be found wading and foraging in bodies of water around 8 inches deep; these include shallow fresh and saltwater wetlands, salt ponds. Scything is the behavior in which they primarily feed by sweeping their bill side to side collecting aquatic invertebrates this diet consists mainly of fairy shrimp, beetles, midges, water boatmen, amphipods and other various aquatic invertebrates. They will also swim and plunge their head and neck under water to grab small fish.

Information from the All About Birds website,, © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.