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Black-necked Stilt

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  • Grus nigricollis
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About the Black-necked Stilt

Also known as: Common Stilt, Pied Stilt

Black-necked Stilts are shorebirds that live in western and southern parts of the United States, as well as parts of Central America and South America. The prefer wetlands, rice fields, salt ponds, and other similar habitat.

Black-necked Stilts forage for food by probing their long beaks into mudflats, shorelines, and other shallow waters. They primarily feed on aquatic invertebrates.

Their long red legs are especially distinctive. They have striking black and white plumage.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 18 June 2010
Scientific Name Himantopus mexicanus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Recurvirostridae
  • Himantopus
  • H. himantopus
Birdorable Family Plovers & Shorebirds
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
14 inches
29 inches
6 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • pernilongo-de-costas-negras (Brazilian)
  • pisila čáponohá (Czech)
  • Australsk Stylteløber (Danish)
  • Bandsteltkluut (Dutch)
  • pitkäjalka (Finnish)
  • Échasse blanche (French)
  • Stelzenläufer (German)
  • Cavaliere d'Italia (Italian)
  • オアストラリアセイタカシギ (seitakashigi) (Japanese)
  • 장다리물떼새 (Korean)
  • Stylteløper (Norwegian)
  • szczudłak (Polish)
  • Ходулочник (Russian)
  • Cigüeñuela Común (Spanish)
  • Styltlöpare (Swedish)

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