Andean Avocet (Recurvirostra andina)

Order: Charadriiformes | Family: Recurvirostridae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lake Junin

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Antofagasta, Chile

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Salinas, Arequipa

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Antofagasta, Chile

Identification & Behavior: ~44.5 cm (17.5 in). The Andean Avocet has an unmistakable black and white plumage. It has a characteristic long, thin, and upturned bill. It forages in a characteristic manner in shallow edges of lakes and other bodies of water in the high Andes. It is similar to the Black-necked Stilt.

Status: The Andean Avocet is uncommon to rare at edges of high Andean lakes at elevations of approximately 4000 m. It is also a vagrant in coastal lagoons in southern Peru. It also occurs in Bo and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Avoceta Andina.

Sub-species: Andean Avocet (Recurvirostra andina) Philippi & Landbeck, 1861.

Meaning of Name:  Recurvirostra: L. Curved bill. andina: from the Andes

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Distribution Map
Andean AvocetVoice


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo), The Field Museum. on 10/18/2014.