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Black-Necked Stilt Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Himantopus himantopus mexicanus
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Throughout the year the black-necked stilt is found in Florida, Central America, northern South America and Brazil. During the summer, the species migrates to pockets of the central and western United States.

  • Status

    The black-necked stilt is considered a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Black-Necked Stilt Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    Wetland habitats including estuaries and salt ponds.

  • Niche

    The species uses its long, thin bill to probe wetland mud for insects and crustaceans.

  • Life History

    Black-necked stilts nest on the ground in their wetland homes. The female lays three-five eggs, which the male and female incubate cooperatively. Young can run and swim soon after hatching but remain dependent on their parents for roughly six weeks.


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