Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus himantopus

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

These birds are long legged waders that live in marshes, mudflats and the shallow edges of lakes and rivers. They make a high pitched yapping call.

WHAT THEY EAT

Stilts mostly eat aquatic insects as well as animals like water snails and yabbies that they find by wading on the water’s edge.

BREEDING

They live in small colonies and will lay three to four eggs in a simple scrape in the ground or in a small mound of vegetation. Both the male and female will incubate the eggs. The male will defend a small territory around the nest from other stilts.