BLACK-NECKED STILT Himantopus mexicanus

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Depending on your taxonomic viewpoint there are from two to seven species of Stilt in the world, some even lumping Black Stilt with the pied species. This is the widespread American type, ranging from Southern USA to Southern Chile and Argentina, which in itself consists of melanurus and mexicanus. Both are characterised by a black hindneck which is not found in Eurasian birds, the former (left) having variably more white on the crown and base of the neck.

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