Pied Avocet

Recurvirostra avosetta

Armenian Name: Բզակտուց
Species Status: Threatened Species - Species of Special Concern
Pied Avocet

See Plate 24 for Pied Avocet and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:42-45 cm, Wing Span:77-80 cm
Distribution Map: Map 146.
Description: Shorebird with a fine upcurved bill.
Adult: Largely white with bold black markings on upperparts.
Juvenile: Resembles adult, but black areas are dark brown and scapulars are mottled.
Similar Species: Differs from Black-winged Stilt by blue legs and black-and-white wings.
Behavior: Social. Feeds by walking through shallow water sweeping bill from side to side. Frequently swims and often up-ends like a duck.
Habitat: Shallow wetlands, lake shores, and river banks.
Food: Invertebrates.
Nest: Colonial; ground scrape lined and rimmed with vegetation.
Eggs: 50 mm, 3-4, greenish gray, dark red-brown and grayish-purple spots.