Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus himantopus

Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Nairobi National Park, Kenya. 14 October 2016.

The extremely long red legs and the contrasting black and white pattern make this an unmistakable wading bird. They often dip down into the water and mud using their slender bill to extract small invertebrates to eat.

Recurvirostridae -- Avocet and Stilt Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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