Canon Powershot SX40HS, Marana, AZ June 2013
The elegant Black-necked Stilt is found year round in shallow ponds and marshes, mostly in freshwater and brackish environments. Like Avocets, stilts eat mostly tiny invertebrates prey, but they usually forage by picking prey singly with their long, thin, pointed bill. Stilts often serve as sentinel species for other shorebirds, alerting them to intruders with noisy calls.
VOICE Very vocal; a sharp, yipping vik! or wik!, often in long series.