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Pied Avocet

Afrikaans name: Bontelsie

A Pied Avocet in flight

A stunning shot of a Pied Avocet in flight

Photo © Riaan van den Berg - Fotolia.com

Recurvirostra avosetta

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.

A Pied Avocet landing

Photo © Riaan van den Berg - Fotolia.com

They make their nest on the ground and lay up to 4 eggs. Both parents attend to the eggs and chicks.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 123

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 146

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 146

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 48

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 98

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 103

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 27

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 94

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 98

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 116

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 126

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 126

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 2

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 110

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 183

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 192

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 260

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 256

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 158

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 160

Shorebirds - Author: P. Hayman, J. Marchant, T. Prater - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 235

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 122

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1979 - Page: 19

The Coastal Guide of South Africa - Author: Jacana Media - Year Published: 2007 - Page: 100

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 306

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 80

World Birds - Author: Brian P. Martin - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 87

List of South African Birds

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