Black-necked stilt in exhibit

Black-necked Stilt

Scientific Name
Himantopus himantopus mexicanus
Central and western United States, Florida, Central America, northern South America, and Brazil
Wetland habitats, including estuaries and salt ponds
Estimated Wild Population
black-necked stilt in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

Did You Know?

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

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

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

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