The Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) is also called the Black-Capped Avocet. It is a wetland wading bird from eastern and southern Africa.
The Pied Avocet is white with a black cap that continues down the back of the neck. Its neck, throat, back, and underparts are white. It has black and white wings. It has a long thin up-curved black beak and long dull-blue legs.
It can grow to 42 centimetres (17 inches) tall.
The Pied Avocet prefers lakes and estuaries, where it wades in shallow water to look for food. It shakes its head from side to side in the water as it looks for insects, worms, and crabs.
It lives in colonies of 10-200 birds.
Females lay 3-4 eggs in a nest.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM