Black winged Stilt - Birds of Pakistan
Black winged Stilt – Photo by Tahir Abbas Awan

The Black Winged Stilt also known as Common Stilt and Pied Stilt is a broadly distributed wader. The average adult Black Winged Stilt is 33–36 cm long. There legs are long pink, long thin black bill and blackish above and white below. They have a white head and neck with blackish. Males have a black back, often with greenish gloss. Females’ backs have a brown hue, contrasting with the black remiges.

The breeding habitat of Black Winged Stilt is marshes, shallow lakes and ponds. Some populations are migratory and move to the ocean coasts in winter. Those in warmer regions are generally resident or short-range vagrants.

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