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Pied Avocet
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Recurvirostridae
Genus: Recurvirostra
Species: Recurvirostra avosetta

The Pied Avocet (recurvirostra avosetta), also known as Avocet, is a common European bird. It has a black-and-white plumage and an up-curved beak. The body is white, but the nape, the crown, the wingtip and the wing patches are black. This bird lives in wetlands from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean sea. It uses its odd beak to sense and catch aquatic worms, insects, plancton and small fish in the mud. The Avocet is a very territorial bird and often attacks and chases away birds like harriers, herons and ducks away from nesting areas. This behavior is called "mobbing". Avocets nest on open ground, often in small groups, sometimes with other waders. 3–5 eggs are laid in a lined scrape or on a mound of vegetation.

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