Sunday, April 21, 2013

American Avocet

American Avocet - Recurvirostra americana 

The genus name means "bent-back-beak." 
Damp dismal day with rain, sleet, and corn snow at Frank Lake on April 21, 2013. 
The Avocet swings the head and upwardly curved bill from side-to-side to feed in shallow muddy waters. A group of birds often advance together and the heads and bills move in unison. The sweeping motion sets up local currents that waft small surface invertebrates between the mandibles.

Avocets use the upturned bill to stir up mud on the bottom. These birds also dabble or dive for food. 

April, 26th, 2013 - Two Avocets on a sunnier day. 

The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Alberta. Federation of Alberta Naturalists. 2007.

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Sibley David A. The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior. Alfred A Knopf, Inc. New York. 2001.

Tudge Colin. The Bird. Crown Publishers. New York. 2008.

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