Black-winged Stilt near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
(Please wait for a few seconds while the photos load onto the gallery. This may depend on your internet speed.)
Scientific Name : Himantopus himantopus
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Subclass : Neornithes
Infraclass : Neognathae
Superorder : Neoaves
Order : Charadriiformes
Suborder : Charadrii
Family : Recurvirostridae
Genus : Himantopus
Species : H. himantopus
How to identify this bird:
The adult Black-winged Stilt are about 35-40 cms long. If you take a good look at the photo gallery above and observe these birds carefully, the following features are prominent:
- They have essentially Black and white coloured body.
- They have a slender appearance.
- They have long pinkish legs.
- They have a fine straight bill.
- Their upper wing is black.
- The legs of the Black-winged Stilt extend a long way behind tail during flight.
- Male and female differ in details of colouration as well as summer and winter plumage.
Where do I find these birds:
- Black-winged Stilt are found in marshes around DPS Tapi and near ponds around the villages.
- They are also found in the tidal mudflats a little away from DPS Tapi closer to the sea.
- They are not very shy in comparison to other birds.
- The stilt legs enable them to wade into somewhat deep water where it can look for worms, and other aquatic insects at the bottom.
- When they do so their head and neck are submerged at an angle and the hind part of their body sticks out.
- It can also swim well.
- Its flight is weak. Take a look at the photo where it is flying to see how its neck is extended and its long red legs are trailing beyond their tail.
- The Black-winged Stilt nest between April-August.
- Interestingly, they get very worked up when you are near their nest and start making a lot of noise and flying close above you, indicating the presence of a nest close by.
Hindi : Tinghur, Gaz paon