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A distinctively patterned black and white bird with a long upturned beak is recovering from near extinction and is now a regular sight in coastal lagoons and estuaries in winter.
It is 42 to 45cm in length.
It has a 77 to 80cm wingspan.
They weigh in at 260 to 290g.
There are around 1500 breeding pairs in the UK
They have blue legs and a black long thin curved beak.
It is on the amber list of uk birds of conservation concern