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Recurvirostra avosetta is easy to recognize because of its long, upward-curved beak. It is widespread in Europe, Asia and Africa, in Germany, on the shores of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. In our country it is also known as the culicul cu spada.

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It appears in the summer mostly around the seaside lakes and the Black Sea, where we quickly recognize it by its jumping through the water. It arrives in our country in the first half of April and leaves in September and October.

Years ago, these birds were observed a lot in Banat and Transylvania. Today, however, their numbers have decreased.

It's also called the Culic with the sword.

Food Ciocintors

It fed on insects and crustaceans. They usually eat insects and aquatic animals of small size.

To feed, woodpeckers keep their thin beak under the surface of the water and through continuous movements manage to locate the small invertebrates that they consume.

Features Ciocintors

It has a length of 43-45 cm, a weight of 290-400 g, wingspan of 80 cm.

The legs of medium length are gray with bluish tints, the plumage of the body is black and white, the top of the head black.

During the flight, outstretched legs exceed the tip of the tail.

Breeding Ciocintors

Before they build their nest they behave in a strange way. A series of paired or non-paired individuals stand in a circle, one in front of the other and bend their necks so far forward that the ventral part of the beak almost touches the ground.

During this time, they walk agitated, with small steps, make pushing movements, that eventually some birds run away from this circle and are chased by the others.

With the head pulled back, they run one after the other, until suddenly the one being followed stops and as a sign of submission they adopt a sleeping position.

Both the female and the male Hatch the three to four eggs, which they defend in case of danger, taking an aggressive position with outstretched wings. At the agitated calls of the female, the male quickly comes to her aid as well as other members of the colony, who are around.

Aggressive birds usually jump, one or the other in front of the predator.

Sometimes they go so far, they attack this one with their beak. Their cry is clear, melodic, sounds like a "pluuiit-pluuiit" or "kluuiit-kluuiit".

The bird with its beak is protected by law, it is not hunted.

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