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 29 September 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
14 inches
29 inches
6 ounces

Range

International Names

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