Friday, August 28, 2015

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilts have long, red legs—not that you can tell from these photos from Sanibel Island last March. Stilts feed in shallow water of various depths, but do not like getting their breasts wet. They consume a wide variety of aquatic insects and even crayfish, small fish and frogs (Robinson et al. 1999). These authors describe three feeding methods—Pecking, Plunging, and Snatching. Clearly the bird in the bottom photo is Plunging. Some studies have shown that flocks of stilts have higher foraging success than solitary birds.

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