Mature adult male Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) at Laguna Navaseca, Spain - April 2016
Local Name (Spain): Ciguëñuela ("Stilt")Weight: 180g
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
Personally, I would consider the Black-winged stilt one of the most striking looking species in Europe - it has by far the longest leg-body ratio of any species found on the continent, and in bright pink too. It can be found regularly as near as Northern France, but remains a vagrant in the UK, although I caught a glimpse of a flock when I visited El Rocio in Spain. These birds were seen during an influx of the species into the UK, where a number of them were scattered around the Southern half of England at once. Slightly frustratingly, the views here were distant, while if I had been at home, some great views were being had by people at the hides of Summerleys at fairly close range. However, it is a stunning species either way.
Subspecies: None - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A regular vagrant that occasionally attempts breeding
- A vagrant pair at Cliffe Pools which attempted breeding in 2014.
SPAIN - A locally common resident.- SEVILLE 2011 TRIP: A flock seen flying away at El Rocio
- MADRID 2016 TRIP: A few birds at Laguna del Longar, abundant at Laguna Navaseca
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List