Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Black-winged Stilt, France, April 2000 - click for larger image Camargue, France and Morocco

The Black-winged Stilt has unbelievably long, pink legs, a thin black bill, black wings and white underparts. The long legs allow it to feed in deeper water than most other waders.

Black-winged Stilt, France, April 2000 - click for larger image It is a fairly cosmopolitan bird with subspecies present in Europe, South-East Asia and Australasia, Hawaii, and North, Central and South America. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

It feeds on aquatic insects, worms, tadpoles, etc..

The European birds winter in sub-Saharan Africa leaving between August and November and returning in March and April.

Black-winged Stilt, Ouarzazate, Morocco, April 2014 - click for larger image Photo 3 shows an immature in flight with a pale trailing edge to the wing and paler edging to the flight feathers.
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