breeding plumage (California, USA; 2007-04-29)

American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana

Native Range: North America

Notes: the genus gets its name from the shape of the bill, which is strongly recurved (up-turned)

non-breeding plumage (California, USA; 2011-08-07)
breeding-plumage bird in flight (California, USA; 2007-05-11)

adult in breeding plumage (California, USA; 2006-04-12)
showing off breeding plumage (California, USA; 2007-04-28)

more showing off (California, USA; 2007-04-22)
chick (California, USA; 2009-07-04)

exuberant individual (California, USA; 2007-04-22)
flock (California, USA; 2007-03-04)

nonbreeding plumage, coming in for a landing (California, USA; 2007-10-15)
mating (California, USA; 2008-05-04)

nonbreeding plumage (California, USA; 2007-02-11)
nonbreeding plumage (California, USA; 2007-02-11)

chick (California, USA; 2009-07-04)
trio resting (California, USA; 2009-07-11)
head, breeding plumage (California, USA; 2008-03-01)