The black-necked stilt wades with careful grace through shallow wetlands and fields on uncommonly long red legs. It can swim (awkwardly) and dive if necessary, but prefers to run around and feed on marine invertebrates and fishes in shallow water.
Next to the flamingo, the black-necked stilt has the second-longest legs in proportion to its body of any bird. Outdoors, you'll most likely see this shorebird strutting around fresh or salty shallow sloughs and grassy marshes. At the Aquarium, you can usually see two in our Sandy Shore & Aviary exhibit. You might even spot one or both while watching our Aviary Cam.