Capricorn Coast Birds
   
 
  Black-winged Stilt
Himantopus himantopus
Average size 37 cm
 
 
   
 
 
  A pair of adult birds  
     
   
     
   
     
  Above is quite a young bird learning how to be a Black-winged Stilt  
     
   
 
     
  Young birds lack black on the back of the neck and have a smudged grey crown which extends down the back of the neck as the birds get older. In the photo above you can see this transition clearly with one of the birds still with a grey crown while other older birds are developing the black on their neck, the adults are the one on the left and second from right.  
     
 
Distribution; found worldwide and are widespread on the Australian mainland.
Diet; aquatic insects, crustaceans, small fish, molluscs and worms.
Males and females look the same, the nest is a simple shallow scrape on the ground in which 3 or 4 eggs are laid, as with most of our wetland birds the breeding period is variable depending on conditions.
On the Capricorn Coast they are fairly common and can be seen in small groups at our fresh and saltwater wetlands, they are almost always present around Lake Mary and can often be seen at the Kinka wetlands.