Black-necked Stilt

Basic Description

The Black-necked Stilt is a striking bird with its long, thin pink legs and black and white feathering. It stands at around 14-16 inches tall and has a wingspan of over two feet.

Where To Find This Bird

These birds can be found in wetlands throughout North and South America, from as far north as Canada all the way down to Peru. During breeding season they are found mainly on the west coast of the United States, but also along rivers and lakes across the entire continent.


Black-necked stilts prefer shallow water habitats such as marshes, ponds, lagoons or estuaries. They are not strong swimmers but their long legs allow them to easily walk through shallow waters while searching for food.


These birds feed on aquatic insects, small fish and crustaceans which they find by probing their long bills into mud or sand beneath shallow water. They have been observed using their beaks like chopsticks to catch small prey.

Cool Facts

  • The Black-necked Stilt is one of only a few bird species that can float on its back.
  • This bird has an interesting courtship ritual where males will try to impress females by picking up pebbles or shells in their bills and presenting them.
  • Black-necked stilts have very long toes which help them distribute their weight evenly on soft surfaces like mudflats so they don’t sink.
  • Their unique appearance makes them easy to spot in the wild but unfortunately also makes them targets for predators like hawks or coyotes.

In conclusion, Black-necked stilts are fascinating creatures with unique adaptations that allow them to thrive in wetland habitats. Keep an eye out for these stunning birds on your next nature walk or visit to a nearby marshland!