The American Avocet is described in most bird references as elegant. They are so unique with their upturned long bill. The tip of their bill is very sensitive to touch and enables them to find food in mud flats as they swing their bill from side to side. The American Avocet during non breeding season is black and white with a grayish colored head. During breeding season the head turns a beautiful rusty color with a black and white body. This pair of breeding adults seems to be flying in perfect rhythm as they make their way across a shallow pond in Delaware.