September 3, 2014 – Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

These stilts live in wetlands of the western United States, Central America, the Caribbean, and parts of South America. They eat aquatic invertebrates and small fish, which they sometimes trap by herding into shallow water. Both parents construct the nest, making a shallow scrape and lining it with grass, pebbles, shells, and bones. The Hawaiian subspecies of the Black-necked Stilt, called the Ae’o, is endangered due to habitat loss and hunting.