July 18, 2016 – Pied Stilt, Poaka, Australasian Pied Stilt, White-headed Stilt, or Black-winged Stilt, (Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus)

Often considered a subspecies of the Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), these birds are found in New Zealand, Australia, and parts of Southeast Asia. They eat terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, including insects, worms, and insect larvae. Spending much of their time in groups, they often feed and roost in large, loud flocks, sometimes with other shorebird species like oystercatchers and godwits. They usually breed in colonies of around 15 pairs, where both parents build the nests on the ground from mud, plants, and debris. Pairs incubate the eggs and brood the chicks, which can leave the nest and find their own food soon after hatching.

See the Black-necked Stilt, which is also often classified as a subspecies of the Black-winged Stilt.


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