September 28, 2016 – Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae)

These avocets are found in fresh and saltwater wetlands throughout mainland Australia. Their diet is not well studied, but is probably made up of aquatic invertebrates, crustaceans, and insects. Unlike other avocets, they have never been observed stirring up mud with their bill, instead using a back and forth sweeping motion to search for prey. They breed in pairs or groups of up to 150 birds near inland salt lakes. Their nests are scrapes on the ground or in sparse vegetation.


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