Story: Wading birds

Pied stilt feeding

Pied stilt feeding

Long legs and bills allow stilts to feed in deeper water than oystercatchers, as seen here at Pāuatahanui Inlet. They mainly feed on invertebrates, probing their bill into mud or sweeping it from side to side. They can also snatch insects from the air.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1987/2335/11
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - Stilts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015