Banded Stilt Cladorhynchus leucocephalus
Banded Stilt,The Coorong, South Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image The Coorong, South Australia
February 2006

The Banded Stilt is an Australian endemic that breeds sporadically when inland salt lakes receive rain water and they form very large breeding colonies. When not breeding they can be found on coastal salt-pans and other briny water habitats where they feed mainly on brine shrimps.

Banded Stilt,The Coorong, South Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image They have a long, thin bill and long pink legs. The white head, neck and body contrast with black wings and a broad deep chestnut breast band. Non-breeding adults have a less well-defined breast-band while immatures, seen here in photos 4 and 5, are duller and have no breast band at all.
Banded Stilt,The Coorong, South Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
Immature Banded Stilt,The Coorong, South Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
Immature Banded Stilt,The Coorong, South Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
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