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Marshbirds and Shorebirds of North Dakota

Avocets and Stilts

Family Recurvirostridae

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.

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