Black-necked Stilt



The Black-necked Stilt is a locally abundant shorebird of American wetlands and coastlines.

The Black-necked Stilt forages by probing and gleaning primarily in mudflats and lake shores, but also in very shallow waters near shores; it seeks out a range of aquatic invertebrates – mainly crustaceans and other arthropods, and mollusks – and small fish, tadpoles and very rarely plant seeds.


Conservation Status: Least Concern
Least Concern - LC

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Here are a few fun facts:

  • Its mainstay food varies according to availability; inland birds usually feed mainly on aquatic insects and their larvae, while coastal populations mostly eat other aquatic invertebrates.
  • For feeding areas they prefer coastal estuaries, salt ponds, lakeshores, alkali flats and even flooded fields.
  • Black-necked Stilts wade for their food, and will only swim or dive when under duress.

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April 1 st – October 31 st:
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November 1 st – March 31 st:
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