Birds of Morni: Black-winged Stilt

April 10, 2012

Black-winged Stilt/Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is a long-legged wader with long pink legs and over a foot in length. In flight the legs project far beyond the tail. The bill is long thin and black and the iris is red. The bird is black above and white below with a white head, neck breast and belly and varying amount of black on the back of neck. It feeds on insects and crustaceans it picks in marshes and on the edges of shallow lakes and ponds. It rarely swims for food and prefers to wade with long strides in shallow water. It may occasionally dip its head underwater to catch prey. A social bird, it is found in small groups and nests in colonies. It has a high-pitched barking call.

Black-winged Stilt, Bunga

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