Uncommon passage migrant but common winter visitor. An elegant and striking black and white bird of muddy coasts that may gather to roost in flocks during high tide; up to 210 recorded in early February 2008.
Where in Kuwait
Generally found along the coastline, but more predominantly in the north of the country. Occasionally found on inland pools in the Jahra area.
In the world
It has an extremely large range with a largely stable population. Northern populations migrate south, staging on route in large numbers at certain sites. The species remains gregarious on passage and during the winter, migrating in loose flocks. It usually takes food from exposed mud or from water, using a characteristic foraging technique that involves a sweeping motion of the beak, and it also upends in deep water to reach prey.
Oil pollution and loss of habitat.
Observations, notes, photos
Avocets in Jahra Pools Reserve (Sept. 2012).
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