Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide

Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus himantopus
Waders Menu
Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Recurvirostridae

Genus:  Himantopus

Species: H. Himantopus
The summer plumage of the Black-winged Stilt is similar to the winter plumage except for variable black or grey markings on the head and neck.
The extraordinary long legs of the Black-winged Stilt are particularly evident in flight. Note the variable amount of black on the neck and head of these birds.

The Black-winged Stilt has long pink legs, black wings and a white body. In summer it has black or grey markings on the back of the neck and head.

Adult Male & Female (Winter)
Thanks to:https://www.flickr.com/photos/alessandromusicorio/(Modified)
Distribution
Black-winged Stilt distribution
Winter visitor
Resident bird
Resident
Summer
Passage Migrant
Passage
Winter
Summer visitor
General distribution:
A widespread summer visitor to Southern Europe. A very rare vagrant in Northern Europe and the UK. Has been known to breed in the UK.
Habitat:
Shallow weedy pools, flooded pasture and rice paddies.
Notes:
The legs of the Black-winged Stilt are 32cm long and represent 60% of the birds overall weight.
Black-winged Stilt flying and feeding, in summer plumage.
Black-winged Stilt in summer plumage identification
Flock of Black-winged Stilt in flight
*Very long dark pink legs
* key ID points
White underparts
Long thin bill
Black-winged Stilt in flight

Black glossy upperparts

*Long trailing legs in flight

Black-winged Stilt in summer plumage
Adult Male & Female (Summer)
*Very long dark pink legs
Long thin bill
White underparts

Black glossy upperparts

* key ID points

Variable black on neck and head

Thanks to:https://www.flickr.com/photos/frankzed/(Modified)
Juvenile
Juvenile Black-winged Stilt
Thanks to:https://www.flickr.com/photos/60740813@N04//(Modified)
The juvenile Black-winged Stilt has pale edges to the back feathers which are browner than the adult. It also has white tips to the primary feathers which this bird is conveniently displaying.
Thanks to:https://www.flickr.com/photos/fco_montero/(Modified)