French: Avocette d’Australie German: Rotkopf-Säbelschnäbler Spanish: Avoceta australiana
Australia, occurring mainly in S, but widespread and with scattered distribution.
40–48 cm; 270–390 g; tarsus 81–97 mm in male, 81–90 mm in female. Head and most of neck deep chestnut-red, sharply demarcated from white body; white... read more
Most-frequently heard call a repeated trumpet-like nasal “tuut”. In alarm, a similar-sounding... read more
Breeds preferably at inland salt-lakes; also frequents, and commonly breeds at, variety of shallow... read more
Food and feeding
Not studied in detail. Feeds on variety of aquatic invertebrates including annelid worms, molluscs, variety of crustaceans and insects;... read more
Season mainly Aug–Jan in some southern areas, but also Jun; elsewhere opportunistic, depending on wetlands being filled with... read more
Occurs mainly in S Australia, where dispersive in response to changing water levels. Seasonal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population exceeds 100,000 birds; main site is L Eyre, with 95,000 birds in early 1980s. Has bred at two sites in arid SE of... read more
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