AVOCET, American (Recurvirostra americana), is a large, long-necked shorebird with a thin, upturned bill and long, blue-grey legs for wading. It has a pale brown head and neck with black wings and white underparts. It feeds on insects and small aquatic animals by sweeping its bill scythe-like through the water and disturbing the bottom mud. This bird appeared infrequently until the 1960s, when it began to be seen in southern BC and the PEACE lowland; now it breeds regularly on alkaline lakes in...

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