French: Avocette élégante German: Säbelschnäbler Spanish: Avoceta común
Other common names:
southern Europe = Italy
Europe through W & C Asia to SE Siberia and NE China, and locally through N Africa to E & S Africa, Arabian Penisula and NW India. Winters from W Europe and Africa through Middle East to India, C Myanmar and SE China.
42–45 cm; 195–397 g; tarsus 85–98 mm in male, 77–105 mm in female; wingspan 67–80 cm. Unmistakable; mainly white with black forehead, crown to... read more
Most-frequently heard call a continuous repeated mellow “kluuu” or “kluit”. When excited, gives a... read more
Breeds in flat, open areas typically at shallow saline lakes, lagoons, pools, saltpans and... read more
Food and feeding
Carnivorous, taking great variety of mainly aquatic invertebrates 4–15 mm long, particularly aquatic insects, crustaceans and worms,... read more
Season Apr–Aug in Eurasia; Jan, Apr, Jun–Jul in E Africa; Aug in Zambia and mainly Jul–Nov across S Africa. Seasonally... read more
Variable. N temperate birds mainly migrate Aug–Oct to tropical and warm temperate regions,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Extensive range, but previously more than half of population reckoned to breed in Europe; locally abundant in several parts of Africa... read more
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