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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
42cm - 45cm (16in - 18in)
The measurement from one wing tip to the other
77cm - 80cm (30in - 32in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
140g - 400g (5oz - 14oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
40km/h (25mph)
How long the animal lives for
10 - 15 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
White, Black
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Temperate wetlands
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laid at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Insects. Fish, Crustaceans
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Dogs, Cats, Stouts
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Long curved beak and striking plumage

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The avocet is a type of wading bird that is found across mudflats in the world's warmer climates. There are four different species of avocet which are the Pied avocet, the American avocet, the Red-necked avocet and the Andean avocet.

The avocet is generally found in watery habitats close to the coast including marshland, wetlands and swamp. The exact habitat of the avocet is dependent on the species as the Pied avocet is found in Europe and Asia, the American avocet is found on the Pacific coast of North America, the Red-necked avocet in Australia and the Andean avocet is natively found nesting high up in the Andes Mountains.

The avocet is a very distinctive looking bird due to the fact that the avocet has a long and thin, upturned beak which it sweeps from side to side in the water to catch food. Like other waders the avocet also has long legs and webbed feet to aid it in hunting in the shallows.

The avocet is a relatively large and forceful species of bird, often reported to intimidate other birds into leaving its spot. Avocets are relatively sociable birds and can often be seen flying, hunting, migrating and nesting in large flocks.

The avocet is a carnivorous animal and primarily feeds on insects and other small invertebrates in order to survive. Avocets also feed on small fish, crustaceans and even the odd amphibian when they are hunting in the water.

Due to their relatively large size, the avocet has a limited number of predators in its natural environment with dogs, cats, stoats and weasels being the primary predators of the avocet chicks and eggs.
Avocets are known to breed on open ground, generally close to the water. The female avocet lays around 4 eggs which are incubated by both parents until they hatch a month later. Avocet chicks are nursed by both parents until they fledge (fly away from the nest) at between 4 and 6 weeks old.

Today, the avocet appears to be thriving particularly in the UK, where extensive conservation work has been done in order to try and build the avocet population after it became extinct in Britain in the 1800s. Today, the avocet is also on the logo for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds).

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Avocet Translations

Avosetit (suku)

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"Great information on the avocets. I didn't know there were four species. It is sometimes hard to find readable and interesting information on the Internet on the birds that we see without it being too technical or scientific. The pictures too are excellent, thank you."
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First Published: 24th May 2010, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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