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Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus himantopus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Avocets and Stilts (Recurvirostridae)

BTO 2

BB

BTO 5

BLWST

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Green Status

European Conservation Status


Not a species of Concern

Conservation Description


The Black-winged Stilt has a very large range that includes scattered locations in southern and western Europe, central, eastern, and southern Asia, and a great deal of sub-Saharan Africa. It has also occurred as a vagrant to a number of countries near its natural range as well as the United States. This shorebird frequents wetlands such as shallow lagoons, estuaries, and saltpans and is believed to have a global population large enough to not warrant inclusion on the IUCN Red List.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Black-winged Stilt: Medium-sized, slender shorebird. Long, needle-thin bill, and very long, slender legs. White with bright red legs and black back and wings, and black markings on the crown, nape, and face. The white tail, rump, and lower back stand out in flight as do the long, trailing legs.


Range and Habitat

Black-winged Stilt: A vagrant and chance breeder in the UK. Found in marshes, weedy lakes, and flooded fields. Birds are more common in Central and Southeast Europe and are migratory.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Bernard Sound

Black-winged Stilt 4

"Kek" calls.

Black-winged Stilt 6

"Kee-ack" alarm calls.

Black-winged Stilt 5

Alarm calls given in flight.

Black-winged Stilt 3

Calls in flight.

Bernard Similar Sounding

Avocet 1

Call is a loud, repeated "wheep."

Black-headed Gull 4

Individual "karr" calls.

Voice Text

"kek," "kikikiki," "kee-ack"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Black-winged Stilt is gregarious, and may feed in flocks of several thousand birds.
  • Mob-displays have been observed, where a few come together and behave in a mildly aggressive fashion, this may be in response to predators or territorial disputes.
  • This bird sometimes performs a high-leaping display with a "floating" descent, but the significance of this performance isn't clear.
  • A group of stilts are collectively known as a "flock" of stilts.

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CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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