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Black-winged Stilt
Himantopus himantopus

Map of the common names


Description
Unmistikable, elegant and nervous bird (L 35 cm). Black wings and white head, neck and breast. In flight, its extremely long legs can exceed the tail up to 20 cm. Black-winged Stilt is tied to wetlands: lagoons, marshes, both freshwater as brackish. Breeding tends to be in colonies. The species feeds mainly on aquatic invertebrates. Resident.


Watercolour by Serge Nicolle


Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
Loss of habitat due to drainage of wetlands and the expansion of agriculture and disturbance at breeding sites are the main threats.


Distribution map


yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor


Population :
less than 20,000 pairs


Drawing by Manuel Manolos

 

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