BLACK STILT Himantopus novaezelandiae

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Generally accepted as the rarest wader in the world and the subject of much conservation effort, this bird is not easy to see in the wild and even then can be difficult to identify, due to the presence of hybrids, and the juvenile plumages being pied. Often the easiest way is to look for a ring, since every Black Stilt in the world carries one. The large image here is a captive 1st-year bird, the others being a genuine adult and a "lookalike" hybrid.

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