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The stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is a bird adapted excellently to its specific biotope, on surfaces of waters invaded by aquatic plants.

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It is widespread in southern and Western Europe, Asia and Africa. It belongs to the order Charadriiformes, family Recurvirostridae.

Spring, in April, appears in our country and leaves in September for the Mediterranean Basin. It stops in Dobrogea on the muddy lakes and in the Danube puddles.

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Its long legs allow it to move by running among the water lily leaves and plants in the ponds, from where it obtains its animal food.

From the shore or water catch small invertebrates, mollusks, worms, insects, crustaceans, using its long beak. It has the ability to see well in the Dark, which allows it to hunt at night.

Sometimes it can also be seen in farmland that is flooded, especially in rice paddies.

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It has very long legs, red in color, without a hind toe. In flight, the legs extend far beyond the body, thus making it easy to recognize.

Its plumage is white, with black wings and back, with purple and greenish reflections, it has a rather long beak, black and thin at the tip.

In spring and summer, the male has a black back of the head. In winter, the plumage on the neck and head turns white. It has a length of 34-36 cm, wingspan of 70 cm and weight of approx. 250 g.

Moving forward, going fast, if noticed, gives a funny spectacle. Her voice is usually heard when she rises in flight and stretches back her long legs.

The stilt is a bird protected by law, considered a natural monument.

Breeding Stilts

It prefers waters with papuris and pipirig vegetation, where it makes its nest and hatches three or four eggs, yellow-green, with dark brown dots.

The female lays eggs only once a year, at the end of April. The eggs are hatched for 25 days and defended by both parents.

In case of danger, the bird takes a specific position, keeping its wings outstretched.

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