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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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