You can distinguish this tall shorebird from others by its long, blue-gray legs and black and white patterned back. In spring, the heads and necks of both males and females turn cinnamon. The American Avocet catches its food in a unique way: it swings its bill from side to side through shallow water, trapping small invertebrates.
Like the newborn chicks of many waterbirds, Avocet chicks can feed themselves and even leave the nest within a few hours of hatching.
What’s for Lunch:
Tiny bugs and shellfish
Fresh and saltwater marshes and mudflats in winter; usually nests farther north