• Photo taken Locality: Greece, Crete, Chania, Agia lake
  • Photo taken by:
    Dretakis, M.
  • Photo taken date:
    March 2013
Black-winged Stilt
Birds
Animals
Vertebrates
Lake ecosystem
Rivers diorama
Estuaries diorama

Photo of the Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, searching for food. The Black-winged Stilt has a black needle-like beak, characteristic long, red legs, black back, white stomach and jet-black wings. Its distinctive legs make up around 60 percent of its overall height, providing it with a feeding advantage over other waders in deeper waters. When flying, its legs are folded behind its tail. During the winter, its head is white-grey while during the summer it has many grey or black spots on the head. Males are slightly bigger than females with darker and more shinny green feathers.