Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

The Black-necked Stilt is a wader bird, meaning it walks in shallow waters, looking for small prey to snatch. It does not dive and is not usually seen swimming. The stilt has a streamlined body and extremely long legs, allowing it to wade in deeper waters than other, smaller waders found in Costa Rica like the Plovers and Sandpipers.

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus - Cigüeñuela Cuellinegro (Soldadito) (2)

With its long, pink legs and contrasting black and white body, this bird is easy to identify between all the waders

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus - Cigüeñuela Cuellinegro (Soldadito)

When startled, they usually fly away in a wide circle and return to a similar place they were before. Their flight is pretty fast

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