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06 He aha tērā? Pied Stilt

Long-legged black and white bird wading in shallow water.
Miraz Jordan

You see this distinctive long-legged black and white bird with its fine black bill down at the beach or on flooded paddocks. There is usually a group of them, and they often hang out with the Oystercatchers. He aha tērā? What is that?

A group of long-legged black and white birds.

Photo by Miraz Jordan. Used with permission.

Answer: it’s a poaka, pied stilt:

Identification: Length: 35 cm; Weight: 190 g

Similar species: Black stilt

A compact, black-and-white stilt with long red legs and a long fine pointed black bill. Adult hybrid stilts have a black band of variable width across the breast.

This item was updated on Wednesday 23 March 2022

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