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Pied Avocet

Afrikaans name: Bontelsie

A Pied Avocet in flight

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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.

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

List of South African Birds

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

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 - 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

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