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Red-necked Avocet

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Photo © by jimmclean Sydney, Australia, Mar 2003
Photo © by jimmclean
Sydney, Australia, Mar 2003
Recurvirostra novaehollandiae

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[edit] Identification

Photo © by MzunguKedron Brook Wetlands, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, June 2018
Photo © by Mzungu
Kedron Brook Wetlands, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, June 2018

40–48 cm (15¾-19 in)

  • Long upwardly curved bill
  • Chestnut-red head and neck
  • White eye-ring
  • White body with thick black striping on the back and wings
  • Long grey legs

[edit] Distribution

Locally in Australia; vagrant to Tasmania and New Zealand.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

JuvenilePhoto © by MzunguKianawah Road, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, July 2017
Juvenile
Photo © by Mzungu
Kianawah Road, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, July 2017

For breeding they use inland salt-lakes and shallow water bodies.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They feed on a variety of aquatic invertebrates and their larvae, including worms, molluscs, crustaceans, insects and seeds.

[edit] Breeding

Its nest is a shallow scrape lined with water vegetation. Timing in some areas my depend on the rain.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2018)

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