|Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)|
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.
|It is a fairly cosmopolitan bird with subspecies present in Europe, South-East Asia and Australasia, Hawaii, and North, Central and South America.
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.
|There are illustrations in HBW, Pages 334, 335 and 344 and in Shorebirds, Plate 10.|