Avocet
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British pronunciation/ˈævɒsɪt/
American pronunciation/ˈævəˌsɛt/
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a web-footed shorebird with long legs and a bill that is curved upward

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What is an "avocet"?

An avocet is an elegant wading bird known for its long, slender legs and distinctive upturned bill. With its black and white plumage, the avocet stands out in its coastal and wetland habitats. It is characterized by its graceful and deliberate wading motion, as it searches for food in shallow waters. The avocet primarily feeds on small invertebrates such as insects, crustaceans, and mollusks, which it captures by sweeping its bill side to side in the water. Known for its striking appearance and distinctive feeding behavior, the avocet is a captivating sight in its natural environment. It often forms large flocks, particularly during the breeding season, where it engages in courtship displays and defends its nesting territory.

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