Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt
-Himantopus Mexicanus-

Slim wading bird, very delicate in appearance, with strikingly long red legs and a needle like bill. Black above with white below. Western and South Eastern U.S. to Peru. Lives in grassy marshes, mud flats, pools and shallow lakes. Some remain in our area all year but it is more common in summer as it breeds here. Usually seen in small groups wading and foraging shallow water.

Length: 14"
Wing Span: 29"
Weight: 6 oz