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About the Black-winged Stilt

Also known as: Pied Stilt

The Black-winged Stilt is a long-legged wading bird. Their distinctive long legs are bright pink; their body plumage includes black upperparts and white upperparts. They also sport long, thin black beaks, used for foraging in shallow water.

Black-winged Stilts live in marshland, shallow lakes and other wetland habitats. They range in western and southern Europe, and parts of Asia, Africa, and Asia.

The taxonomy of the Black-winged Stilt is somewhat contentious, with scientists in disagreement as to the classification of several closely related birds of the stilt family. Black-winged Stilts are very closely related to Black-necked Stilts.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 August 2010
Scientific Name Himantopus himantopus
  • 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 28 January 2017)
Range West Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa Central Africa East Africa

International Names

  • pernilongo-de-costas-negras (Brazilian)
  • pisila cerná (Czech)
  • Sort Stylteløber (Danish)
  • Zwarte Steltkluut (Dutch)
  • mustapitkäjalka (Finnish)
  • Échasse blanche (French)
  • Stelzenläufer (German)
  • Cavaliere d'Italia (Italian)
  • クロセイタカシギ (seitakashigi) (Japanese)
  • 장다리물떼새 (Korean)
  • Stylteløper (Norwegian)
  • szczudlak zwyczajny (Polish)
  • Ходулочник (Russian)
  • Cigüeñuela Común (Spanish)
  • Styltlöpare (Swedish)

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