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The Black-winged Stilt is a large (35 to 39 cm) black and white wader with long orange-red legs and a straight black bill. It has black on the back of the neck, a white collar and a red iris. Both sexes are similar, and the plumage does not change during the year.
The Black-winged Stilt is a social species, and is usually found in small groups. It has a wide range, including Australia, Central and South America, Africa, southern and south-eastern Asia and parts of North America and Eurasia. More locally it also occurs through Indonesia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Philippines and New Zealand. Although widespread on the Australian mainland, it is an uncommon visitor to Tasmania.
Photo taken at Derby wetlands Western Australia
Camera: Nikom D50; Lens: Nikon 70=200 VR zoom
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