|Black-winged Stilt/Common Stilt|
|Adult H. h. himantopus|
Stilt is a common name for several species of birds in the family Recurvirostridae, which also includes those known as avocets. They are found in brackish or saline wetlands in warm or hot climates.
They have extremely long legs, hence the group name, and long thin bills. Stilts typically feed on aquatic insects and other small creatures and nest on the ground surface in loose colonies.
Handbook of Birds of the World recognises three species in two genera:
- Black-winged Stilt or White-backed Stilt, Himantopus himantopus
- Black Stilt, Himantopus novaezelandiae
- Banded Stilt, Cladorhynchus leucocephalus
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|This article is part of Project Bird Genera, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each genus, including made-up genera.|