featured bird Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

This Pied Avocet, a member of the family of Recurvirostridae which includes all avocets and stilts, is a rare migrant through Switzerland. This bird might have migrated from Africa or the southern Mediterranean, and might be on its way to costal northern Europe. The specie can be sexed by the curvature of the bill, making this likely a female. I spotted this bird at the southern end of Lake Neuchätel. My only other sighting of Pied Avocet in Switzerland is from Klingnauerstausee..

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