Order Charadriiformes

Family Recurvirostridae

Avocets, Stilts
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  • Tall, elegant wading birds, with very long legs, longish and upcurved or medium-length and straight bill, and mostly pied plumage.
  • Cosmopolitan, with greatest diversity in Australasian Region.
  • Extensive open wetlands.
  • 35-51 cm.
  • 3 genera, 7 species, 11 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Pierce, R.J. & Bonan, A. (2019). Avocets, Stilts (Recurvirostridae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52240 on 11 December 2019).