Project Description

Black-winged Stilt

Black-winged Stilt

The black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is a widely distributed very long-legged wader in the avocet and stilt family (Recurvirostridae).
Scientific Name: Himantopus himantopus

Facts & Details:

  • Category: Waders
  • Scientific Name: Himantopus himantopus
  • Weight: 160 to 185 gm
  • Size: 33-36 cm; 17–44 g; wingspan 28–31 cm.
  • Current Population Trend: Increasing
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern (LC)

Black-winged Stilt Identification:

The Black winged Stilt have long pink-red 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. Its distinctive legs make up around 60 percent of its overall height, providing it with a feeding advantage over other waders in deeper waters.

Geographic Range:

The Black winged Stilt has a wide range, including Europe, Africa, Asia, America, Australia and New Zealand. Throughout India, Burma and Ceylon in winter. Resident and breeding in many parts of North and North-western India and Ceylon, Also local migrant.

Regional Names:

  • Gujarati: ગજપાંવ
  • French: Échasse blanche
  • German: Stelzenläufer
  • Spanish: Cigüeñuela común