Family Avocets, Stilts (Recurvirostridae)

Least Concern

Andean Avocet (Recurvirostra andina)


French: Avocette des Andes German: Andensäbelschnäbler Spanish: Avoceta andina

Recurvirostra andina

R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] and Landbeck

, 1861,

Laguna Parinacocha, Ayacucho, Peru




C Peru (Junín) S through W Bolivia to N Chile (Atacama#R) and NW Argentina (Catamarca).

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Pierce, R.J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Andean Avocet (Recurvirostra andina). 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 on 22 April 2019).