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Pied avocets UPSC NOTE

 Why in News 

  • Pied avocets keep their annual date with Perumbakkam wetland.

  • With water at the wetland drying up at the rate of knots, there was a sneaking suspicion it would miss out on its usual fag-end-of-season sights including pied avocets.

Pied avocets – basic details

  • Scientific Name: Recurvirostra avosetta


  • Length: 16.5–17.75 inches (41.9–45.1 cm)

  • Wingspan: 30–31.5 inches (76–80 cm)

  • Weight: 8.5-11 oz (240-315 g)

  • Habitat: Breeds in temperate Europe and across the Palearctic to Central Asia. 

  • Winters in Africa or southern Asia. Prefers shallow saline lakes, lagoons, pools, saltpans, and estuaries with sparse vegetation.

  • Diet: Mainly aquatic invertebrates like insects, crustaceans, and mollusks. May also consume small fish and plant material.


  1. Black and white plumage with a bold contrast.

  2. Long, thin, and upturned black bill.

  3. Long, bluish-grey legs.

  4. Males and females look similar.

  5. Juveniles have greyish and sepia tones with less intense black markings.



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