Banded Stilt

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Common Name: Banded Stilt
Scientific Name: Cladorhynchus leucocephalus

Size: 13 ¾ -17 inches (35-43 cm)

Habitat: Australia. Found along the edges of shallow water in open country at Shallow fresh and saltwater wetlands, including salt ponds, rice fields, shallow lagoons, and mangrove swamps.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: 210,000.

Diet: Mainly crustaceans and other arthropods, and mollusks – and small fish, tadpoles and very rarely plant seeds. Feeds in shallow water, while wading or swimming. Locates food by sight and snaps it up, sometimes sticking head completely underwater, or swipes the head and bill through water.

Nesting: Breeding Adults have the banded chest, but this is mottled or entirely absent in non-breeding adults and juveniles. They breed whenever the water conditions are suitable and lay 3-4 white, brown or black eggs on a scrape.

Cool Facts: This is a nomadic species and known locally as the Rottnest snipe on Rottnest Island, though not related to true snipes.


Found in Songbird ReMix Australia Volume III

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