French: Avocette des Andes German: Andensäbelschnäbler Spanish: Avoceta andina
R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] and Landbeck
Laguna Parinacocha, Ayacucho, Peru
C Peru (Junín) S through W Bolivia to N Chile (Atacama#R) and NW Argentina (Catamarca).
43–48 cm; 315–410 g; tarsus 77–84 mm. Compact, heavy-bodied avocet, with relatively short legs compared to other members of family; stilt-like in plumage,... read more
Considered similar to those of other avocets, with the most typical vocalization being a bisyllabic... read more
Breeds at high altitudes, typically above 3100 m (but to 2500 m in Chile), typically in puna... read more
Food and feeding
Little known. Apparently feeds on free-swimming invertebrates. Forages by scything in shallow water; sometimes swims and upends like other... read more
Little known. Apparently breeds in local “summer”, but timing of breeding may depend on local rainfall; eggs recorded in Sept... read more
Little known. Probably mainly sedentary. Some altitudinal movement to lower altitudes recorded in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status very poorly known and no overall estimate of population, but species considered to be generally sparse; small parties of 15... read more
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