Black-necked stilt in exhibit

Black-necked Stilt

Scientific Name

Himantopus himantopus mexicanus

Class

Aves

Order

Charadriiformes

Range

Central and western United States, Florida, Central America, northern South America, and Brazil

Habitat

Wetland habitats, including estuaries and salt ponds

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Black-necked stilt in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Black-necked stilts have black-and-white markings and long pinkish-red legs. They use their long, thin bill to probe the muddy wetland surface for small insects and crustaceans. These shorebirds can swim immediately after hatching but remains dependent on their parents for approximately six weeks. Young black-necked stilts look similar to adults but have paler feathers and legs.

Interesting Fact 1

Black-necked stilts native to South America have a white collar across their upper back that differentiate them from their North American relatives.

Interesting Fact 2

These shorebirds often build nests on small mounds just above water or on floating mats of vegetation.

Interesting Fact 3

Adults protect their nests by producing a loud call or creating a distraction, such as faking an injury.

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