BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Himantopus mexicanus
HABITAT: Shallow salt or freshwater wetlands and lakes, flooded fields, marsh edges
“Long” and “thin” are the best adjectives for describing this elegant black and white shorebird: long neck; thin, needle-like black bill; and long, pink legs. Black-necked Stilts have the second-longest legs in proportion to their bodies of any bird—only a flamingo’s are longer.