American Avocets and their Chicks
Long-legged American shorebird
American avocets are shorebirds with one of the longest legs in proportion to its body size of all the shorebirds. They are the only bird of its kind in the western hemisphere. Their closest relative in this region is the black-necked stilt. Avocets tend to like areas with salty or brackish water such as salt marshes, salt lakes, and river mouths. They feed by swinging their bills over shallow water or mud hoping to stir up and catch aquatic insects. It's a strange, flicking motion that can't accurately be described.
Avocets begin breeding in the spring and summer and typically have three or four eggs in the nest. They like to nest with other avocets and stilts for added protection. Stilt chicks look very much like avocet chicks. During the breeding period, the adult avocet's head and neck turn red. The way to tell the difference between the genders is that the females bills will be more curved than the males. Both parents incubate the nest, but the female does most of the chick rearing, though the father is often nearby helping fend off predators. The chicks can leave the nest within a day like other shorebirds, and can even swim with their little partially-webbed feet to escape predators.
This lens will feature both adult American avocets as well as their babies.
All photos in this lens were taken by me except where otherwise noted (such the posters for sale).
Two American Avocets
These two avocets were seen at the Salton Sea in their non-breeding plumage. I love seeing avocets in the wild. Salton Sea is a great place to see birds during their migration and several avocets were there among a lot of other different species.
Audubon Avocet Glicee
This is a glicee of John James Audubon's avocets. Audubon is a prominent bird artist who made a visual record of all known bird species in North America during his lifetime. He tried to paint the bird in a natural pose as much as possible.
American Avocets at Famosa Slough
Non-breeding avocets like to flock together as protection from predators. Famosa Slough is a little inlet of water near Mission Bay in San Diego. Work has been done to create a hospitable breeding and feeding area for many species of birds there.
American Avocet items.
Here are some suggestions from Amazon and from my own store at Cafepress on American avocets and shorebirds in general. I tried to pick something else that helps expand your knowledge of avocets or birds in general.
American avocet chick items at Cafepress
Click here to see my Avocet Chick items on Cafepress
American Avocet Plush Toy
This item is currently unavailable! I will let you know when it becomes available again. These plush toys are great with their real sound and authentic look. If you can't find the Avocet one, I would definitely recommend others such as mallard ducklings and killdeer.
Not sure if you're seeing an avocet, a stilt, or something else, check your guide. This guide is unique as it shows birds in their transitional molts. Many people have a very hard time identifying birds in these stages.
American Avocet Chick
These chicks are so cute! I found this one and its siblings at a local fair where people were walking by and getting really close. But, the parents and the two babies were very accommodating. I just wish the weather wasn't so cloudy. I've been to this spot several times over the last few years and I've seen several chicks. Last year, they changed the design of the area and didn't see any.
American avocet chicks
American avocet photo
Who can resist a mama (or papa) avocet and her/his baby chick! Here's another picture of an American avocet with a baby. These birds raise their chicks out in the open and the chicks are very independent and nearly fearless. The parents are aggressive towards anything that might be a threat to their chicks.
Read more about American avocets on the web
Doing research? Check out these sites for interesting information on the American avocet.
- American Avocet, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Learn how to identify American Avocet, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. With its elegant profile and striking coloration, the American Avocet is unique among North American birds. In summer it can be found in temporar
- American Avocet on Bird Web
American Avocet habitat, behavior, diet, migration patterns, conservation status, and nesting.
- ANIMAL BYTES - American Avocet
ANIMAL BYTES - American Avocet...Find quick information and fun facts about animals.
- American Avocet | birdinginformation.com
The American Avocet lends a graceful beauty to the mudflats with its long blue legs and slender black upturned beak.
- Whatbird.com American Avocet
American Avocet: Long-legged shorebird with long, thin, upcurved bill and distinctive black-and-white back and sides. Head and neck are bright rust-brown during summer. Legs and feet are gray. Feeds on insects, crustaceans, and invertebrates. Strong
More American Avocet Videos
Here are some more American avocet videos from YouTube that I thought would be interesting.