Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus himantopus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Avocets and Stilts (Recurvirostridae)

Code 4

Non AOU

Code 6

HIMHIM

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Black-winged Stilt has a very large range that includes scattered locations in southern and western Europe, central, eastern, and southern Asia, and a great deal of sub-Saharan Africa. It has also occurred as a vagrant to a number of countries near its natural range as well as Palau. This shorebird frequents wetlands such as shallow lagoons, estuaries, and saltpans and is believed to have a global population large enough to not warrant inclusion on the IUCN Red List.

SUMMARY

Overview

Black-winged Stilt: Large, tall, slender wading bird with a long black bill. Sexes are similar; black above and white below with a white head, nape, and breast. The female has a tinge of brown on its back. Adults have a red eye-color, long legs ranging from light to dark pink, and can have a dark terminal tail band.

 

Range and Habitat

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Black-winged Stilt SONGS AND CALLS

Black-winged Stilt A1

Typical call is a repeated "kek".

Black-winged Stilt F1

Alarm call is a shrill, high-pitched "keeah".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"kek kek kek", "ki-ki-ki-ki-ki", "keyaa"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Chicks leave the nest the day they hatch, or the day after.
  • Nests are spaced widely on the ground; usually in grass. Sometimes the nest is floating in a mass of water weeds.
  • Spring migrations usually consist of 15 birds.
  • This bird sometimes performs a high-leaping display with a "floating" descent, but the significance of this performance isn't clear.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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