Stilts and Avocets (Recurvirostridae)

Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) - HBW 3, p. 346

French: Avocette élégante German: Säbelschnäbler Spanish: Avoceta Común
Other common names: (Eurasian) Avocet

Taxonomy: Recurvirostra Avosetta Linnaeus, 1758, southern Europe = Italy.
Clinal increase in size from W Europe E across Asia. Monotypic.

Distribution: Europe through W & C Asia to SE Siberia and NE China, and locally through N Africa to E & S Africa; winters from W Europe and Africa through Middle East to NW India and SE China.