An Imperial Beach Hidden Gem and DigIB Bird of the Week, the Black Necked Stilt
May 09, 2019 03:55AM
By Paul Spear
The Black-Necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) is a locally abundant shorebird of American wetlands and coastlines. These birds depicted are nesting in our own Tijuana Estuary and several of their chicks are shown. They are found from the coastal areas of California through much of the interior western United States and along the Gulf of Mexico as far east as Florida, then south through Central America and the Caribbean to northwest Brazil southwest Peru, east Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.
Adults have long pink legs and a long thin black bill. They are white below and have black
wings and backs. The tail is white with some grey banding. A continuous area of black extends from the back along the hindneck to the head. There, it forms a cap covering the entire head from the top to just below eye-level, with the exception of the areas surrounding the bill and a small white spot above the eye. Males have a greenish gloss to the back and wings, particularly in the breeding season. They are a joy to see, and we are blessed to have the black-necked stilt in our neighborhood. Get out and enjoy the vast array of birds in Imperial Beach.###
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