A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!

Black-necked stilt

Himantopus mexicanus

Notes:

Stilts use a technique called "belly-soaking" which is the transport of water in the ventral feathers. In hot climates adults use belly soaking to cool themselves, the eggs or chicks, and to increase nest humidity. Stilts may make over 100 trips for water a day. The birds distract predators using aerial maneuvers and mock injuries while the young hide. Incredibly, they are also able to swim for short periods of time using their wings. Shorebirds, including the black-necked stilt, embark on one of the longest migrations of any North American birds, journeying from arctic nesting grounds to winter in Central and South America. Many species travel more than 15,000 miles round-trip and fly at altitudes exceeding 10,000 feet at 50 mph.



Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

Comments

StacyH
Spotted by
StacyH

Lat: 29.20, Long: -94.96

Spotted on May 12, 2015
Submitted on Nov 8, 2015

Related Spottings

Cigüeñela común Himantopus himantopus Himantopus himantopus 黑翅長腳鷸 Himantopus himantopus 黑翅長腳鷸

Nearby Spottings

White-faced ibis Roseate spoonbill White-tailed kite American white ibis

Reference