Image # 2697
American Avocet at Red Rock Lakes NWR
American Avocets are one of the few birds in North America with a decurved bill (that bends upwards). Avocets like shallow waters largely in the west and prairie potholes. They wade right in and feed by sweeping their open bill from side to side until a prey item hits, snags in the beak, and gets lifted, thrown back into the mouth and swallowed. The lovely orange color on the head and neck is lost in the winter plumage turning to a grayish white.