Himantopus mexicanus

Common Names: Black-necked stilt
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Stilts & Avocets

A rare shorebird for Connecticut. 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. This is less pronounced or absent in females, which have a brown tinge to these areas instead. Otherwise, the sexes look alike. Downy young are light olive brown with lengthwise rows of black speckles (larger on the back) on the upperparts - essentially where adults are black - and dull white elsewhere, with some dark barring on the flanks.

The black-necked stilt is found in estuarine, lacustrine, salt pond and emergent wetland habitats.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.