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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Pied Avocet

Afrikaans name: Bontelsie

A Pied Avocet in flight

A stunning shot of a Pied Avocet in flight

Photo © Riaan van den Berg -

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 -

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


References and further reading

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

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

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

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

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 - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 160

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

List of South African Birds

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