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Black Necked Stilt

Black Necked Stilt

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Scientific Name:

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

Dimensions: 35-40cm

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:

  1. They have the second-longest legs in proportion to their bodies (60% of their height) of any bird, exceeded only by flamingos.
  2. 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. 

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