Meet Our Animals > American Avocet
Quick Facts
Native to Western North America during the spring and summer and then migrate to the Southern United States and Northern Central America for winter
Primary Diet Crustaceans and other aquatic animals, plant life
Adult Weight 9.7 to 12.3 oz.
Lifespan 9 years
Status Stable

American Avocet

American avocets are long-legged shorebirds with a long, thin bill that curves upward and distinctive black-and-white stripes on their back and sides. They swoop with their long bills back and forth in the water to catch insects and aquatic crustaceans. They often travel in flocks of several hundred.


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Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary

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