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Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus himantopus


Adults are 33–36 cm long. They have long pink legs, a long thin black bill and are blackish above and white below, with a white head and neck with a varying amount of black. Males have a black back, often with greenish gloss. Females' backs have a brown hue, contrasting with the black remiges. In the populations that have the top of the head normally white at least in winter, females tend to have less black on head and neck all year round, while males often have much black, particularly in summer. This difference is not clear-cut, however, and males usually get all-white heads in winter.


These birds pick up their food from sand or water. They mainly eat insects and crustaceans.

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Atul 8 years ago
Black-winged Stilt
Himantopus himantopus Black-winged Stilt

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Atul 8 years ago

welcome Sachin!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Thanks Atul,

Sachin Zaveri
Spotted by
Sachin Zaveri

Ahmedabad, Gujarāt, India

Spotted on Feb 5, 2012
Submitted on Feb 18, 2012

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