- Length: 13 inches
- Large, very long-legged shorebird
- Long, very thin black bill
- Pink legs
- Juvenile similar to adult female
- Legs extend well beyond tail in flight
- White spot above eye in dark cap
- Black cap, hindneck, nape, back, underwings and upperwings
- White tail and rump
- White forehead, lores, chin, throat, breast and belly
- Similar to adult male, but has a brownish-black back
- Similar to adult female, but brownish back feathers have broad pale
American Avocet, also has long thin bill and legs, but is larger,
and has white on back, dark legs, and rusty or gray head and neck.
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.