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.

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Studied water birds include Nycticorax nycticorax (black- crowned night heron), Egretta garzetta (little egret) and Himantopus himantopus (black-winged stilt).
There are also Muscovy ducks (Cairina moschata), blackheaded ducks (Heteronetta atricapilla), snowy egrets (Egretta thula), white-faced ibis (Plegadis chihi), black-winged stilts (Himantopus himantopus) and brown-hooded gulls (Larus maculipennis) breed in large numbers in the marshes.
Ducks were seen in greater number at Uchalli lake due to its abundant resources and high carrying capacity.In our study, most frequent populations observed in both years were of Common Coot (Fulica atra), Common PChard (Aythya ferina), Common Teal (Anas crecca), Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) and Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) which constituted nearly 90% of the abundance of the species inhabiting Uchalli lake.
Of various passage migrant species, Black- winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Swallow (Hirundo rustica) (Fig.
Porphyrio porphyrio (purple swamphen), Gallinula chloropus (common moorhen), Amaurornis phoenicurus (white breasted water-hen) and Himantopus himantopus (black-winged stilt).