Point Pelee National Park of Canada
Birds of Point Pelee National Park
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Bill extremely slender, long, and slightly flattened; usually upturned, often decidedly so (but sometimes the extreme tip is downcurved in a slight hook.) Legs long, pale bluish, front toes webbed. The peculiar awl-like bill, large size and striking colouration make it unmistakable. Winter adults and immatures are similar to adults in breeding plumage, but the pinkish-buff colouration of head, neck, and breast is largely replaced by white and some grey.