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Black-necked Stilt

Himantopus mexicanus ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES FAMILY: RECURVIROSTRIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A striking black-and-white bird with very long, thin red legs, the Black-necked Stilt is found along the edges of shallow water in open country.

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Appearance

Shorebirds
Shorebirds
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large shorebird.
  • Black face, hind neck, and back.
  • White throat and underparts.
  • Very long, thin red legs.
  • Long, thin, straight black bill.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but with scalloped pattern on back and a white trailing edge to wing.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • American Avocet has reddish or gray head, long gray legs, white in the wings, and an upturned bill.