A migratory bird in spring (March – April) and autumn (September – October) which breeds in Cyprus but not in the Akamas peninsula area. In the Akamas it’s seen during the migration periods, usually in small flocks, flying over the sea along the shoreline or resting – feeding on the shore. It can occasionally be seen in inland areas, at sites that small seasonal wetlands are being formed.
It’s a medium-large sized wader, with a characteristic appearance. It has very thin and long, pink legs, resembling stilts (thus the name), thin and long, black bill (like a needle), black and white body (black on the male and dark brown back on the female, white underparts, black head on the male, usually white on the female).