The Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is a very widespread shore bird occurring in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The taxonomy of the species is still debated and some authors differentiate a series of species or subspecies. There are further relatives living in America and Australia which occasionally are considered to belong to this species as subspecies (e.g., the Black-necked Stilt or the White-headed Stilt). The proper Black-winged Stilt is characterised by extremely long red legs, black upperparts and a mostly white belly and head. The birds live around marshes, shallow lakes and ponds where they find their prey which includes insects, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. While populations in warmer regions are residents, birds of colder latitudes migrate (e.g., from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa). I have seen these shore birds at many places, including India (Kachchh, January 2015; Jaipur, January 2014) and Namibia (Etosha National Park, February 2007).