Unlike Pied Stilts, Black Stilts are solitary nesters, thus do not share mutual protection against predators
Profile of a Black Stilt, or Kaki in native Maori language
An immature Black Stilt dunks its head, diving after an invertebrate near Twizel, New Zealand
A captive breeding program near Twizel, New Zealand has increased its numbers from just 20 to about 100 individuals in 2007
An immature Black Stilt eyes its prey in the marsh water near Twizel, New Zealand
An immature Black Stilt stalks the marsh shallows near Twizel, New Zealand
Black Stilt, a Protected Endangered species unique to New Zealand's South Island Mackenzie Basin
This immature Black Stilt will lose its splotchy white markings as it becomes a full adult, eventually turning entirely black
Common in the 19th century in the lower North Island and the entire South Island, the Black Stilts now are confined almost entirely to the Mackenzie Basin, South Island, New Zealand
Jet black Scapular, Tertial, and Primary feathers give the Black Stilt its name
An immature Black Stilt feeds on mayflies, midges, and occaisionally small molluscs and fish
Habitat loss, predation by cats and stoats, as well as hybridization with Pied Stilts caused the dramatic decline in Black Stilt numbers
A long, 40-day fledgling period leaves Black Stilt chicks vulnerable to predation
Black Stilt, a Rare Endemic species of New Zealand, hunts for aquatic invertebrates
One of the world's rarest waders, this immature Black Stilt is one of roughly only 100 in the wild, near Twizel, New Zealand
Each year 20-30 chicks are hand-reared at a recovery center near Twizel, then passed on to adult Black Stilts to rear in the wild
Black Stilt, near Twizel; New Zealand's Mackenzie Basin is the only place in the world where Black Stilts breed
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