The Black-Winged Stilt(Himantopus himantopus himantopus) is a bird in the Recurvirostridae family of waders. It is a long-legged wading bird. Stilts refer to the long legs, and himantopus means thong foot or strap foot. It is also called the Common Stilt or Pied Stilt.
The Black-Winged Stiltis black and white, with long pink legs and a long, thin black beak. The male has a black back. The female has brownish backs.
It grows to 33–36 centimetres (13–14 inches) long.
The Black-Winged Stilt is widespread in Europe and Asia. It lives near water in marshes, shallow lakes, and ponds. It is a wetlands bird.
It finds food in the sand or water. It mainly eats insects and small crabs.
It nests in a bare spot on the ground near water. It often nests toether in small groups. Young birds are grey instead of black.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM