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Black-winged Stilt

(Himantopus himantopus)
Alternate name(s): "White-headed Stilt", "Common Stilt", "Pied Stilt", "Longshanks", "Stilt-bird", "Dog-bird"; misnomer: "Long-legged Plover"
Size: 33-40 cm; wing span 67-83 cm
Weight: 135-290 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

Click here for a physical description

Taxonomy, classification

See Black-winged Stilt at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

Additional information

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Race "himantopus"

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of an immature Black-winged Stilt
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Lateral view of a Black-winged Stilt
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Up one leg...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

... and then take a nap
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Yikes, now how do I get my bill out again...?
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Additional information

We have taken more photos of Black-winged Stilts, race "himantopus", in Europe.

Race "leucocephalus"

Black-winged Stilts, race "leucocephalus", have also been photographed by us in Australia.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

blwstlt_20140523.mp3 leucocephalus
(SE QLD)
Contact call © MD
blwstlt_20151222_3.m4a leucocephalus
(NW NSW)
Contact calls © MD
blwstlt_20151219.m4a leucocephalus
(NW NSW)
Warning calls (pair) © MD
blwstlt_20151222_5.m4a leucocephalus
(NW NSW)
Warning calls (in-flight) © MD
blwstlt_20151222_7.m4a leucocephalus
(NW NSW)
Warning calls (in-flight) © MD
blwstlt_20151222_2.m4a leucocephalus
(NW NSW)
Upset (flock with Red-necked Avocet) © MD
blwstlt_20151222.m4a leucocephalus
(NW NSW)
Upset (flock with Red-necked Avocet) © MD

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