Black-winged Stilt

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 August 2010
Scientific Name
Himantopus himantopus
  • 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


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) pernilongo-de-costas-negras
Czech (Cesky) pisila cerná
Danish (Dansk) Sort Stylteløber
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwarte Steltkluut
Finnish (Suomi) mustapitkäjalka
French (Français) Échasse blanche
German (Deutsch) Stelzenläufer
Italian (Italiano) Cavaliere d'Italia
Japanese (日本語) クロセイタカシギ (seitakashigi)
Korean (한국어) 장다리물떼새
Norwegian (Norsk) Stylteløper
Polish (Polski) szczudlak zwyczajny
Russian (русский язык) Ходулочник
Spanish (Español) Cigüeñuela Común
Swedish (Svenska) Styltlöpare
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