Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
 
Status in the Checklist Area - (3) Accidental
     
 
Information

This incredible looking shorebird has only been seen in our area three times to date. These birds are overshoots on their spring migration ending up further north than they would typically occur. Some will migrate south for the winter as far as South America. Feeds on aquatic insects and other small invertebrates.

Similar species:
There are no black and white birds with long, red legs to mix this species up with!

Sources:
Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)

     
Noteworthy Data
 
Date
Location
Source(s)
Comments
May 7, 2013 Chilliwack Central Road, Chilliwack J. Maljaars 2013 Feeding in a flooded dirt field. Seen by several observers until about mid-afternoon.
May 11, 2011 Gibson Road, Chilliwack G. Gadsden 2011e
C. McDonald 2011
Two feeding in a flooded section of field among other shorebird species. Seen around midday until the end of the day. Not seen the following morning.
May 16, 2001 Willband Creek Park, Abbotsford J. Vooys, 2001 A lone bird was documented in the pond. 2001 had many reports of Black-necked Stilts in B.C.
 
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Audio and Video    
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