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With its elegant profile and striking coloration, the American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) is unique among North American birds. In summer it can be found in temporary and unpredictable wetlands across western North America where it swings its long upturned bill through the shallow water to catch small invertebrates. <br />
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The Pawnee National Grasslands of northeastern Colorado provide such a temporary wetland habitat, especially during late spring.