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White-headed Stilt

Himantopus leucocephalus

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Spotted at Point Vernon, Hervey Bay on the foreshore at low tide. Unfortunately i can't find anymore info on these guys online at the moment.

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kdpicturemaker
kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

H. leucocephalus is considered by some to be a sub species of H. himantopus (Black winged Stilt), the differences are minimal. Many people give the common name of Pied Stilt to all black & white stilts! There is still contention as you would be aware of whether the 2 to 7 observed species should be separate or combined. There's possibility of cross-breeding with the variants so accurate ID is increasingly difficult to separate into species or subspecies. Slight variations to colour & pattern can show in birds of the same species too. Great photos.

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Spotted on Sep 29, 2013
Submitted on Sep 29, 2013

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