Avocet and Stilt Family


Recurvirostridae is a family of birds in containing two distinct groups of birds in three genera, the avocets and stilts.

All possess long, thin legs, necks, and bills. The bills of avocets are curved upwards, and are swept from side to side when the bird is feeding in the brackish or saline wetlands they prefer. The bills of the stilts, in contrast, are straight. The majority of species have plain plumage, usually in contrasting black and white, with some species having patches of buff or brown on the head or chest.