The American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) is one of the more distinctive shorebirds in British Columbia. Its long bluish legs, long upcurved bill, and striking black and white body plumage, are enhanced during the summer with cinnamon colouring on its head and neck. The avocet was first reported in British Columbia in 1908 and was only seen on a handful of occasions after that until the 1960s. The first documented breeding record was of one nest at Duck Lake, near Creston, in 1968. Since then, it has been reported breeding at six other sites in the southern one-third of the province. Only at Alki Lake, Kelowna, has the American Avocet been known to breed in more than two years. Nesting locations have generally been at alkaline lakes, where sparsely-vegetated shorelines or low islands were selected as nesting sites. Cultivated field and pond habitat used at Serpentine Fen, Surrey (1988 and 1989), were atypical of other known nesting habitats in the province. Alki Lake, with a reported 19 breeding pairs in
Gebauer, Martin B.. 2000. Status of the American Avocet in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Species Status Report. WR98
Topic: Species status
Keywords: american avocet, recurvirostra americana, species, status, report
Scientific Name: Recurvirostra americana
English Name: American Avocet
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