Recurvirostridae - Avocets and Stilts
This is a small family, of only eight species. All are extremely long-legged, long-billed wading birds with a striking black and white plumage. The stilts have straight bills with pink legs, whereas the avocets have upcurved bills with blue-grey legs. All species take a range of invertebrates from under the water's surface, stilts by seizing them directly, avocets by scything their bill through the water, finding their prey by touch.
Regularly Occurring Species
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