Range. - Western North America, breeding north to Northwest Territory.
The Avocet can be known from any other bird by its up-curved bill, light plumage, webbed feet and large size (length about 17 inches). These waders are quite numerous in suitable localities throughout the west, constructing their nests in the grass, bordering marshy places. The nest is simply a lining of grass in a hollow in the ground. They lay three or four eggs of a dark greenish or brownish buff color, boldly marked with brown and black. Size 1.90 x 1.30. Data. - Rush Lake, Assiniboia. Pour eggs laid in a depression in the sand, lined with dry weeds. Many birds nesting in the colony.
American Avocet. Black-necked Stilt.