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Jan 16, 2017

PIED AVOCET (Recurvirostra avosetta)

Photo: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images
What better for a study in black and white
than a flock of Pied Avocets?
A dramatic-looking flock of migratory Pied Avocets  flies above the salt flats of Budai, in Chiayi, southern Taiwan, off the coast of China where they spend their winter.   They breed from temperate Europe to western and central Asia, however some flocks do to not migrate at all.

The Pied Avocet is one of just four avocet species in the world and is part of the same family as stilts.   Wikipedia says of avocets: 
"In a large colony they are aggressively defensive and chase off any other species of birds (see photo below by John A. Thompson) that try to nest near or among them, which has caused the annoyed remark: 'Avocet: Exocet' from some British birders".


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