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Black-winged stilt

Himantopus himantopus


Long-legged wader, with a fine, straight, black bill. Legs extend out backwards when flying, black wings and white body.


Frequents areas of shallow fresh, brackish or salt water. Migratory, generally wintering in Africa. Food mainy insects. Nest is lined scrape on islet or near water, occasionally a raised mound of vegeation in shallow water.


Spotted on salt beds in the Rio Formosa National Park area. (21/8/11 - one photo of poor quality deleted, one new photo added taken exactly the same place, even the same salt bed, one week later on 20/8/11. New photo is now the first photo.)

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Dangermouse 6 years ago

One photo of bad quality removed, one new one added. First photo is the new one.

Dangermouse 6 years ago

They are one of my favourite waders to watch, especially when flying. And they're constantly talking to each other!

NicoleB 6 years ago

I love their long legs :)
Such graceful birds!

Algarve, Portugal

Lat: 37.12, Long: -7.62

Spotted on Aug 13, 2011
Submitted on Aug 13, 2011

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