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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Stilts and Avocets

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Recurvirostridae

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The family of Stilts and Avocets is widespread worldwide; the northern populations are migratory birds. The body length is 30 cm to 50 cm. They have very long legs and a thin beak that is straight or curved upwards. They fly well and can swim well. They search the mud in shallow waters for invertebrates. They nest in colonies, the nest-fleeing young birds are looked after by both parents. The defense of the offspring includes various distraction techniques from simulating a 'broken wing' to 'false brooding' in full view of a predator.


     himantopus - Black-winged Stilt (11)
     leucocephalus - White-headed Stilt (4)
     novaezelandiae - Black Stilt (2)
     mexicanus - Black-necked Stilt (11)


     leucocephalus - Banded Stilt (3)


     avosetta - Pied Avocet (13)
     novaehollandiae - Red-necked Avocet (3)
     andina - Andean Avocet (2)
     americana - American Avocet (8)

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