The avocet pair is monogamous and typically raises one brood during the breeding season. They scrape a nest in the ground that they line with plant stems. Usually four eggs are laid and incubated, mostly by the female, for three to four weeks. When the young birds hatch, they are precocial, meaning that they are able to leave the nest within a day of hatching. They are able to walk and run and seek shelter from predators.