Sunday, May 19, 2019

Black-Winged Stilt

The black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus sensu stricto) has long pink legs (stilts), a long thin black bill. Males have a black back, often with a greenish hue, and females have a brown hue. 
Black-winged stilts in Bundala NP: a male to the left and female to the right. 
In Yala NP. 
They normally have white heads in the winter and black on the heads in the summer, but females tend to get less black than the males. There are two subspecies, and we saw H. h. meridionalus in Sri Lanka, in both Yala National Park and Bundala National Park. 
A leg tucked up.

1 comment:

  1. Those l-o-n-g reddish-pinkish legs are so bizarre.