Name: Avocet

Scientific name: Recurvirostra avosetta

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 80

What are nature stars?

About: A scarce wader, about the same size as oystercatcher but much more slender. Mainly white, with black patches on the back and wings and a black cap stretching down the back of the neck. Long bluey legs, but most easily recognised by the long, black, upturned beak.

How to identify: Unmistakeable.

Where: Breeds in shallow coastal lagoons around the east coast of England and winters on sheltered estuaries on the south coast.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 40
  • Agility: 40
  • Rarity: 80
  • Cute factor: 80
  • Traveller: 30

Fantastic fact: Avocets are a great conservation success story, and the symbol of the RSPB.

Photograph credit: Damian Waters Drumimages.co.uk