PORT PHILLIP BAY


Black-winged Stilt 

Himantopus himantopus

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Recurvirostridae
Genus:
Himantopus
Species:
himantopus

General Description

Body white with black wings and black on the back of the neck. Young birds have a grey head and neck. Legs long, narrow and red. Bill black, narrow and pointed. Body up to 41 cm long.

Biology

Black-winged Stilts breed from August until December.

Habitat

Open freshwater wetlands, coastal bays and inlets.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia, excluding Tasmania.

Species Group

Birds Stilts and avocets

Max Size

41 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 26 Jul 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7943

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