28 August, 2011
Scientific Name: Himantopus leucocephalus
Population Estimate: 330K
Range / Habitat: Found in marine costal and inland wetlands in Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.
Field Notes: Distinctive black and white wader with quite long pink-red legs and long, fine black bill. Head usually all-white, neck white in front, black behind and with open black chest band. Usually a white band across upper back. Wings black.
Personal Notes: Photographed outside of Napier. Split from Black-winged Stilt, though some sources still consider it conspecific. Known as Pied Stilt in New Zealand. Maori name is Poaka.