Recurvirostra – Avocets

The thin, long, and upcurved bill makes these avocets species unique and easily recognizable

These good-looking birds have boldly pied plumage with black and white patterns on their head and feathers. The long bluish-black necks are an exciting touch to their personalities. The thin black bill is uniquely turned upwards, with the curve more prominent in females.

Watching how their bill sweeps from side to side in the water to find a snack is interesting. They like to live in estuaries, brackish lagoons, and coastal wetlands; however, they sometimes visit the inland or large lakes. Chilling out in colonies of hundreds of birds reflects their social and friendly nature. The touch of black on the head looks nothing less than a royal bird.