Banded Stilt

Banded Stilt
Banded Stilt
Banded Stilts,
Governors Lake, Rottnest Island
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Recurvirostridae
Genus: Cladorhynchus
Gray,GR, 1840
Species: C. leucocephalus
Binomial name
Cladorhynchus leucocephalus
(Vieillot, 1816)

The Banded Stilt, Cladorhynchus leucocephalus, is a nomadic stilt from Australia. It belongs to the monotypical genus Cladorhynchus. It gets its name from the red-brown breast band found on breeding adults, but this is mottled or entirely absent in non-breeding adults and juveniles. Its remaining plumage is pied and the eyes are dark brown. They breed whenever the water conditions are suitable and lay 3-4 white, brown or black eggs on a scrape.

It is locally known as the Rottnest snipe on Rottnest Island, though not related to true snipes.

Various views and plumages


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2004). Cladorhynchus leucocephalus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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