Black-Winged Stilt

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Black-Winged Stilt

 

(Himantopus himantopus), a bird of the family Charadriidae of the suborder Limicolae. The body length is about 37 cm. The plumage is white and black. The legs are very long and pink, and the bill is black. The black-winged stilt is distributed in southern Europe, southern Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and America (except in the north). In the USSR it is found in the south, from the Danube to Lake Zaisan, living along the shores of freshwater and salt lakes and the sea. It nests in colonies. A clutch contains four eggs, which are incubated 25 to 26 days. The black-winged stilt feeds on aquatic insects and other invertebrates and on frog and fish eggs; in winter it also feeds on the seeds of aquatic plants.