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The Black-necked Stilt is the only native stilt seen in North Ameica. The Black-winged Stilt, a vagrant from the Old World bird group, has been seen in the north-western areas of the continent.
Stilts are recognized by their long and slender legs and elegant bodies. These legs at times seem too long to support the body suspeneded up above. Stilts in general, part of the shorebird family, spend their day wading through shallow waters, searching out their meals. These attractive birds are often found on small ponds, lagoons and shorelines.