Bird: Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

Height: 14"

Description: Beak is long, dark, thin, and sharp. Red or pink legs are very long. Back is and back of neck are black. Underparts and front part of neck is white. Chin is white. Head is black with a white spot behind the eye. Juvinile and female are browner. In flight, the legs are held out behind the body.

Voice: A sharp, high, repeated "kip". Audio is available at

Black-necked Stilt 1

Feeding: Probes in shallow water with bill to catch aquatic insects, crustaceans, and small fish.

Behavior at Wakodahatchee: Black-necked Stilts are visible at Wakodahatchee during fall and spring migrations. They are most common during the month of April. They feed around islands and sunken structures. They may be observed feeding alone or in small groups. Black-necked Stilts are noisy birds, and are often heard before they are seen. They call in flight, where they are easily identified by their long legs that trail behind the body. During breeding season, the black necked stilt aggressively defends its nesting territory.

Black-necked Stilt 2

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