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The (Pied) Avocet is a large black and white wader in the avocet and stilt family. It is one of 4 species of avocet that make up the genus Recurvirostra. The genus name is from the Latin recurvus meaning "curved backwards" and rostrum meaning "bill".

The Avocet is a striking white wader with bold black markings. Adults have white plumage except for a black cap and black patches in the wings and on the back. They have long, upturned bills and long, bluish legs. Males and females look alike whilst juveniles resemble the adult but with more greyish and sepia tones.

The Avocet breeds in temperate Europe and western and central Asia. The breeding habitat is shallow lakes with brackish water and exposed bare mud where they build a nest on open ground in a lined scrape or on a mound of vegetation.

The Avocet is a migratory species and most winter in Africa or southern Asia. Some remain to winter in the mildest parts of their range such as in southern Spain and southern England.

The Avocet feeds on crustaceans and insects in shallow brackish water or on mud flats, often scything their bills from side to side in water (a feeding technique that is unique to the avocet species).

The Avocet was extinct as a breeding species in the UK by 1840 but its successful recolonisation at Minsmere in Suffolk in 1947 led to its adoption as the logo of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Date: 25th April 2011

Location: Titchwell, Norfolk

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