Andean Avocet Recurvirostra andina


The Andean Avocet is a strikingly patterned shorebird found in the high Andes of Peru, Chile, Argentina and Bolivia.  The species breeds around alkaline lakes and feeds on invertebrates on mudflats and shallow water. Andean Avocets have white heads, necks, and underparts, with dark brown backs and wings, and gray legs.  They are semi-colonial breeders and might move to lower elevations in the post-breeding season, but seasonal movements are poorly known.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Andean Avocet (Recurvirostra andina), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: