Some of our local Birds

Black-winged Stilt_Himantopus himantopus

Black-winged Stilt

The black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is a widely distributed very long-legged wader in the avocet and stilt family (Recurvirostridae). The scientific name H. himantopus was formerly applied to a single, almost cosmopolitan species. It is now normally applied to the form that is widespread in Eurosiberia and Africa and which was formerly regarded as the nominate subspecies of Himantopus himantopus sensu lato. The scientific name Himantopus comes from the Greek meaning “strap foot” or “thong foot”.[2] Most sources today accept 2–4 species.] It is sometimes called pied stilt, but that name is now reserved for the Australian species, Himantopus leucocephalus.




Breeding Months

Coastal Lagoons and Muddy Bays
Crustaceans and Worms
April, May, June, and July

Number of Eggs

Colour of Eggs


Pale and Spotted
38 cms
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