Saturday, 4 May 2013

Bird #37: Black-necked Stilt

Common Name: Black-necked Stilt
Scientific Name: Himantopus mexicanus
Description:13- 15.5 inches; a tall bird; long pink legs; underparts white; upper-parts black; long bill.
Habitat: mud flaps; salt pond and mangroves.
In 2011, a pair of Black-necked Stilts nested and reared 4 chicks in the parish of St. Andrew, on the east coast of the island.  This was said to be the first record of this species breeding on the island.  One of the parents died and some of the local birders believe that this Stilt, seen at Chancery Lane, is the surviving parent who returns to the shore where its partner died.  It makes you wonder doesn't it!

Taken on May 1, 2013 at Chancery Lane