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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

The black-winged stilt’s immensely long legs trail far behind its tail when it flies. It has several geographical races and breeds in a broad range of wetland habitats. The black-winged stilt feeds in calm fresh or salt water, striding through the shallows, scything its bill through the water to catch small animals or picking them from the surface.

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  • Order Charadriiformes
  • Length 14–16 in (35–40 cm)
  • Weight 5–7 oz (150–200 g)
  • Habitat Shallow coasts, salt marshes, wetlands
  • Distribution Worldwide except far north and northeast Asia; summer visitor only in north of range
Black-winged Stilt habitat mapzoom image