Red-necked Avocet

Calls
Musical 'toot toot'; also, yelps and wheezes.
Facts and Figures
Research Species: 
No
Minimum Size: 
40cm
Maximum Size: 
45cm
Average size: 
42cm
Average weight: 
310g
Breeding season: 
August to November; variable.
Clutch Size: 
Three to four, usually four
Conservation Status
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Basic Information
Featured bird groups: 
Atlas Number: 
148
What does it look like?
Description: 

The Red-necked Avocet has a chestnut brown head and neck with a white eye-ring and a long, upturned, black bill. The rest of the body is white, except for two black streaks along the back. The wings are white, with black wing bars and tips. The relatively long legs are pale grey-blue. The sexes are similar, but the males have a more sharply upturned bill. This species is endemic (native) to Australia.

Where does it live?
Distribution: 

The Red-necked Avocet is found throughout mainland Australia, but breeds mainly in the south-western interior. Out of breeding season, it visits most of the rest of Australia, but is only an accidental visitor to Tasmania or the Cape York Peninsula.

Habitat: 

The Red-necked Avocet is found in large shallow freshwater or saltwater wetlands and estuarine mudflats.

Seasonal movements: 

Nomadic, moving in small flocks.

What does it do?
Feeding: 

The Red-necked Avocet feeds on aquatic insects and their larvae, crustaceans and seeds. It wades in shallow water, sweeping its bill back and forth just below the surface to catch prey. It will also sometimes swim and up-end to feed.

Breeding: 

The Red-necked Avocet breeds in loose colonies. Nests are shallow scrapes lined with water vegetation. A single brood is raised per season.

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