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Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass 325 g


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 308,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 8.7 - - -
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be fluctuating owing to fluctuations in the amount of suitable breeding habitat (del Hoyo et al. 1996).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Australia Native Extant Yes      
Indonesia Vagrant Extant   Yes    
New Zealand Vagrant Extant   Yes    

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Australia Adelaide and Mary River Floodplains site factsheet
Australia Bulloo Floodplain site factsheet
Australia Busselton Wetlands site factsheet
Australia Coongie Lakes site factsheet
Australia Coorong site factsheet
Australia Hunter Estuary site factsheet
Australia Lake Bindegolly site factsheet
Australia Lake Eyre site factsheet
Australia Lake Machattie Area site factsheet
Australia Lake Mackay site factsheet
Australia Lake MacLeod site factsheet
Australia Lake McLarty site factsheet
Australia Lakes Muncoonie, Mumbleberry and Torquinie site factsheet
Australia Mandora Marsh and Anna Plains site factsheet
Australia Menindee Lakes site factsheet
Australia Moreton Bay and Pumicestone Passage site factsheet
Australia Natimuk-Douglas Wetlands site factsheet
Australia North Victorian Wetlands site factsheet
Australia Paroo Floodplain and Currawinya site factsheet
Australia Peel-Harvey Estuary site factsheet
Australia Strzelecki Desert Lakes site factsheet
Australia Sturt National Park site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Wastewater Treatment Areas suitable resident
Marine Neritic Estuaries suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Lakes suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha) suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Seasonal/Intermittent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Lakes and Flats major resident
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  


Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Recurvirostra novaehollandiae. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Recurvirostridae (Avocets, Stilts)
Species name author Vieillot, 1816
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 308,000 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species