The four species of avocets /ˈævəsɛt/ are a genus, Recurvirostra,
of waders in the same avian family as the stilts. The genus name is
American avocet, Recurvirostra americana Andean avocet, Recurvirostra andina Pied avocet, Recurvirostra avosetta (featured on the logo of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Red-necked avocet, Recurvirostra novaehollandiae
In a large colony they are aggressively defensive and chase off any
other species of birds that try to nest among or near them. That
causes the annoyed remark "Avocet: Exocet" from some British
They had been extinct in Britain for a long time because of land
reclamation of their habitat and persecution by skin and egg
collectors, but during or soon after
World War II
^ Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird
Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 266.
^ Swann, H. Kirke (1913). A dictionary of English and folk-names of
British Birds. London: Witherby and Co. p. 9.
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Wd: Q286072 ADW: Recurvirostra EoL: 104316 Fauna Europaea: 96897 Fossilworks: 39588 GBIF: 2480255 ITIS: 176720 NCBI: 171274 W