Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Two species from this family inhabit North America: the American avocet and black-necked stilt. The American avocet inhabits both freshwater and saline wetlands throughout the Missouri Coteau in North Dakota. The black-necked stilt is an occasional species, meaning they are observed in North Dakota every 3-5 years. Both species are sleek, graceful waders with long slender bills and spindly legs.