Black-Winged Stilt

Himantopus himantopus

33 – 36 cm

67 – 83 cm

minor concern

shallow wetlands

invertebrates, particularly aquatic insects

very common

Like the well-known flamingos, the long-legged birds can often be seen standing on one leg.

Much has been speculated about the reason for this behavior, and it seems that the most plausible explanation is that they alternate their legs so as not to lose temperature, as they spend much of their lives with their feet in the water.