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Pied stilts in flight

panoramic photo of pied stilts in flight

Black-winged stilts, Himantopus himantopus, in flight IMG 7098A - Many waterbirds are of greater stature than the black-winged stilt, which is also known by the colloquial names of ‘pied stilt’ and ‘longshanks’, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in its visual appeal, for this is a bird that, although not endowed with rainbow coloured plumage, makes a pleasant visual statement as it strides onto nature’s stage that, in its preferred habitat, may be the shallow waters of freshwater or saltwater wetlands, mudflats and tidal estuaries, or the edges of lakes and rivers.

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