new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) | by Brian Carruthers-Dublin-Eire
Back to photostream

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

A globally widespread wading bird , the black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is characterised by its extremely long, red legs, white stomach and, true to its name, jet-black wings. Its distinctive legs make up around 60 percent of its overall height, providing it with a feeding advantage over other waders in deeper waters . Young birds can be distinguished by a dash of dark feathers on the usually white head

KingdomAnimalia

PhylumChordata

ClassAves

OrderCharadriiformes

FamilyRecurvirostridae

GenusHimantopus

Size

Length: 38 cm

Wingspan: 75 cm

Weight

180 g

259 views
0 faves
0 comments
Taken on October 7, 2013