RED-NECKED AVOCET FACTS
The Red-necked Avocet is mostly white with reddish-brown head and neck. It has white eye-ring and a long black bill that curves upwards. There are two black streaks along the back. The wings are white, with black wing bars and tips. The legs are long and pale grey. Males and females look alike but the males have a more curved bill.
40 - 45cm
freshwater and saltwater wetlands, estuaries, tidal mudflats
aquatic insects, crustaceans and seeds. It wades in shallow water, sweeping its bill back and forth under the surface to catch food.
breeds in colonies. The nest is a shallow scrape lined with water plants.
found throughout mainland Australia, but not common on east coast. Rare in Tasmania and far northern areas of Northern Territory and Cape York Peninsula, Queensland.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Red-necked Avocet|