The Pied Avocet is an elegant bird with its stunning black and white plumage and upturned bill.
It can be seen in many places in South Africa but it is particularly common in the western half of the country.
The Pied Avocet is normally found near water. It feeds on small crustaceans which it catches by swinging its bill from side to side. It does also occasionally eat fish.
They make their nest on the ground and lay up to 4 eggs. Both parents attend to the eggs and chicks.