Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 337 - Himantopus leucocephalus

You may have noticed a difference here this week - I normally use the common name of a bird in the title for a WBW post.  That works well when people have agreed what the common name is - this is not the case with Himantopus leucocephalus.  This bird has had a number of name changes in the last few years, and few of my books agree on what the common name is.

My most recent field guide says that Himantopus leucocephalus is also known as the White-headed Stilt, but it has also been called the Black-winged and Pied Stilt.  If the truth be told, some book even use a different scientific name.

Whatever it's called its a nice bird, although (once again) the harsh Australian mid-day sun made the pictures a bit of a challenge.

These pictures were all taken at Werribee Sewage Works, where a Tufted Duck appeared this week - and that's a first for Australia.  Needless to say, I am at work this week!










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21 comments:

David Gascoigne said...

I think that several authorities consider them distinct species, Stewart.

Margaret Adamson said...

Beautiful images Stewart and I know wthis bird as the Black-winged Stilt. Thanks for hosting and have a great week ahead

Missy George said...

Yes that we can all agree that it is a stilt! That's quite a handle for that little bird. Pretty coloring. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
..I'll just call it the bib and tucker bird!!! Very handsome. YAM xx

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

A very handsome bird by any name! Can't beat those sewage ponds for great birds!

italiafinlandia said...

This multiple-named bird is anyway very smart.
Have a nice week!

Chris Rohrer said...

Very cool!!! I hate when there are so many names!

Marie Smith said...

It has a good balancing act too!

Rhodesia said...

Long sexy legs, great photos. Cheers Diane

Brian King said...

Very nice photos of this long-legged beauty!

Marcia said...

How does it do that one leg balance so very well? I charming specimen.

Linda W. said...

Such a skinny little beak!

Emma said...

I love seeing these guys and the way they are often chatting on to each other!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Pied Stilt is much more reasonable...but spotted tit would work too. :)

JP A Quiet Corner said...

What a handsome bird, Stewart. Interesting this week because for you I have a story regarding the Haliaeetus Leucochephalus...after all Thursday is "Save The Eagle" Day...:)JP

Dave Lewis said...

I'd call it an excellent series of shots! I would call those name changers "pied twits."

KB said...

Lovely photos

Linda said...

He's an elegant-looking stilt!

photodoug said...

Stewart, what ever name you choose, this is still a striking bird. Thanks for sharing.

Marie Smith said...

Whatever the name, it’s a beauty.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love this beautiful stilt under any name. I *cannot* believe I actually forgot to link last weeks post here, to my favorite meme. I remember what happened now, we were out for the day and I tried to use the phone to link, which didn’t work and then when we got home I thought I’d been here, (insert sad face)..I will be here tomorrow.