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Black-necked stilt

Common Name Black-necked stilt

Scientific Name Himantopus mexicanus

Species Birds

Family/Group Waders



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A striking, black and white shorebird with a long (2¼ - 2¾ in), needlelike black bill, and extremely long red to pink legs. Black above, including wings; white below and on forehead, spot above eye, and rump. Females are browner above, juvenlines with some buff edging on upperparts.

Habits and Behavior

Feeds actively in shallow water; rather noisy, with several short sharp notes, often given in a series, especially when bird is alarmed. The long legs trail far beyond the tail in flight.

Nicaragua Animal Guide