Pictures of pied avocets (Recurvirostra avosetta), a wading bird that lives in Europe, Africa, and central and southern Asia. They eat fish and insects.
Long legs and long, flexible bills help avocets to search for food in mud and sand below the water's surface. They nest in large coloines, placing their eggs in grass-lined scrapes on open ground.
They're in Europe, Asia, and Africa by the pollution in their habitat: wetlands. This species is the emblem of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. In a large colony they are aggressively defensive and chase off any other species of birds that try to nest among or near them.