Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus)


One of the most beautiful and graceful of the shorebirds is the Black-necked Stilt.  They are tall and slender, measuring about 14 inches, with unique black and white plumage and long, seemingly spindly, red legs.  They feed in shallow, marshy, and sometime muddy water.  These pictures were taken this morning at O. C. Fisher Reservoir at San Angelo State Park.

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilts

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4 thoughts on “Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus)

  1. We had a Black-necked Stilt show up in late fall not far from here a number of years ago. It stuck for about a month or so, despite the cold weather. Stayed long enough to be recorded on the Wallaceburg Christmas Bird Count.

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