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Black Stilt (Himantopus novaezelandiae)

Black Stilt (Himantopus novaezelandiae)

Black Stilt (Himantopus novaezelandiae) - Juvenile



Black Stilt (Himantopus novaezelandiae) Black Stilt (Himantopus novaezelandiae) - Juvenile

Class: Aves
Family: Recurvirostridae
Common Name: Black Stilt
Genus: Himantopus
Species Name: novaezelandiae

About The Black Stilt

Adults are monogamous and pairs generally stay together for life (2). The breeding season peaks in October and both the male and female build the nest that consists of a depression in the ground lined with grass, twigs and waterweeds (3). The pair take it in turns to incubate the four eggs, and care for the chicks (2). Black stilts use their slender beaks to prize prey from underneath stones and to skim through muddy water (4). They feed mainly on aquatic invertebrates, small fish and molluscs (2).

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Trips Where Observed

New Zealand

Member Lifelists

Australasia
World

Sites Where Observed

Location
Date
Notes
1/22/2012
Black Stilt (Himantopus novaezelandiae)
Saw a hybrid black/pied stilt from Anakiwa.

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