Pied Stilt (Poaka)


Habitat

Stilts are usually found in estuaries or lakes near the coast particularly where the water depth is shallow enough to allow the constant search for food. Nesting occurs either on the coast or on the floodplane of large rivers in the South Island.


Identification

Pied stilts are black on the top of the neck and running down the back with white everywhere else. They are a slender bird with an ungainly walk.


Links

NZBirds.com, TeAra Encyclopedia


Summary

Pied Stilts are a relatively recent arrival with fossils only appearing from around 1800 on. They can also be found throughout Australasia although the NZ subspecies have alightly different colouring. Breeding takes place in late winter in colonies of around 100 fiercely protected nests.


Pied Stilt
Pied Stilt


Pied Stilt
Pied Stilt


Pied Stilt
Pied Stilt


Pied Stilt
Pied Stilt




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