Recurvirostra americana is a species of wading bird in the avocet and stilt family. It is a medium-sized bird, with a length of about 40 cm and a wingspan of about 70 cm. It has a long, slender, upturned bill, black legs, and a white body with black wings and a black and white head. It is found in shallow wetlands, estuaries, and mudflats, and feeds on small fish, crustaceans, and aquatic insects. Its lifespan is up to 15 years, and its current population is estimated to be between 10,000 and 100,000 individuals.
Name Origin: The scientific name of the Recurvirostra americana, commonly known as the American Avocet, is derived from the Latin words 'recurvus' meaning 'curved' and 'rostrum' meaning 'bill'. This is in reference to the distinctive curved bill of the species.
Related Species: Himantopus mexicanus, Himantopus himantopus, Himantopus leucocephalus