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Andean Avocet

Recurvirostra andina

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An elegant, boldly patterned large shorebird of high Andean salt lakes, bogs, and lagoon shores. White head and body contrasting with glossy black upperparts are distinctive even at long range; at closer range note bluish legs and long fine bill with upswept tip. Often in pairs or small groups; feeds while wading in shallows, sweeping its bill through the water. Sexes look similar but female’s bill is more strongly upcurved. Gives noisy calls when agitated, especially near nest.

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Neotropical Birds

Life histories of all species breeding in Mexico, Central America, and South America