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The Black-necked Stilt is the only native stilt seen in North America. The Black-winged Stilt, a vagrant from the Old World bird group, has been seen in the northwestern 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. The stilts in general are part of the shorebird family and spend their day wading through shallow waters, searching out their meals. These attractive birds are often found on small ponds, lagoons and shorelines.