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Black-Necked Stilt

Himantopus himantopus mexicanus

Range

  • Central America

Habitat

  • Marshes
  • Flooded fields
  • Lakeshores

Diet

  • Larvae
  • Brine shrimp
  • Tadpoles
  • Small fish.

Despite their delicate appearance, stilts are strong fliers and powerful swimmers.

As ground nesters, Black-necked stilts guard their young in a variety of ways. They will distract predators by pretending to be injured and leading threats away. If rising water endangers the nest, parents add leaves and twigs to elevate the eggs.

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