The Stilt Issue

To: "'David McDonald (personal)'" <>, "" <>
Subject: The Stilt Issue
From: ken black <>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:50:14 +0000

Thanks David, should have checked that (and looking at its photos definitely suits).

Doesn't seem to be a Black-naped Stilt? Even though is broader than the nape.


From: David McDonald (personal) [
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2016 6:40 PM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] The Stilt Issue


Yes Ken, but there is already a Black-necked Stilt in the Americas - David

On 19/08/2016 5:44 PM, ken black wrote:

Hi Geoffrey, almost anything other than White-headed Stilt given the white head of the Banded Stilt. Would like Black-necked Stilt to fit observation of the birds.


From: Geoffrey Dabb
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2016 5:01 PM
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] The Stilt Issue


Thanks to all who responded to the below.  I have 15 replies.  Anyone else like to offer a view?  Reasons are of interest, but not necessary.  I’ll circulate a summary of the result.  g


From: Geoffrey Dabb
Sent: Thursday, 18 August 2016 9:55 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] The Stilt Issue


One of our local bird species, the Black-winged Stilt, has recently undergone a change of status in the Australian list, reverting to Himantopus leucocephalus (the original Gould name).   There are various possibilities for an English name:


Australian Black-winged Stilt

Pied Stilt

White-headed Stilt

Yapping Stilt (to overcome confusing plumage-based names)


I’d be interested in the result of an informal vote by chatline members on these possibilities.  Could I ask each of you to let me know your preference?




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