Black-necked Stilt

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 18 June 2010
Scientific Name
Himantopus mexicanus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Recurvirostridae
  • Himantopus
  • H. himantopus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
14 inches
29 inches
6 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) pernilongo-de-costas-negras
Czech (Cesky) pisila čáponohá
Danish (Dansk) Australsk Stylteløber
Dutch (Nederlands) Bandsteltkluut
Finnish (Suomi) pitkäjalka
French (Français) Échasse blanche
German (Deutsch) Stelzenläufer
Italian (Italiano) Cavaliere d'Italia
Japanese (日本語) オアストラリアセイタカシギ (seitakashigi)
Korean (한국어) 장다리물떼새
Norwegian (Norsk) Stylteløper
Polish (Polski) szczudłak
Russian (русский язык) Ходулочник
Spanish (Español) Cigüeñuela Común
Swedish (Svenska) Styltlöpare
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