Himantopus h. mexicanus
W & S USA through C & S America down to NE Brazil.
Carnivore. Aquatic insects (beetles, dragonflies, flies, butterflies, molluscs, crustaceans, spiders, worms, tadpoles, small fish, occasionally seeds.
Habitat: Shallow wetlands.
Incubation: 22-29 days / ~4 eggs
Social structure: Up to 1000 birds, during breeding period 2-50 or rarely 100 pairs.
Weight: 202gr max
Lifespan: 12 max
Estimated population in the wild: common
Threats: There are no major threats to this species.
IUCN Status: Least concern
Did you know that:
- They have the second-longest legs in proportion to their bodies (60% of their height) of any bird, exceeded only by flamingos.
- To cool their nests in hot weather, stilts use their belly feathers to carry water to the nests, sometimes making more than a hundred trips a day.