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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Recurvirostridae.

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  • The birds include ten species of herons including grey heron Ardea cinerea, goliath heron A. goliath and yellow-billed egret Egretta intermedia, hammerkop Scopus umbretta, four of the six West African species of stork, ducks, five of the six West African species of vulture, hawks, plovers and francolins and black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus.

    Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire

  • Among listed birds and mammals are: golden eagle Aquila chrysaetus, imperial eagle Aquila heliaca, peregrine Falco peregrinus, black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus, snow leopard Uncia uncia (EN, Globally threatened), manul cat Felis manul, Mongolian gazelle Procapra guttorosa; (LR, Globally Threatened) and Altai argali Ovis ammon ammon (VU, Globally Threatened).

    Golden Mountains of Altai, Russian Federation

  • Other wintering wetland birds include the threatened marbled teal Marmoronetta angustirostris, ferruginous duck Aythya nyroca, and corncrake, Crex crex; also high numbers of green-winged teal Anas crecca, northern pintail Anas acuta, northern shoveler Anas clypeata and black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus.

    Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia

  • The critically endangered black stilt (Himantopus novazelandiae) is one of the rarest waders in the world: in 2000 only 48 adults remained in the wild.

    Cantebury-Otago tussock grasslands

  • (Himantopus nigricollis), is here common in flocks of considerable size.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • The kind of plover, which appears as if mounted on stilts (Himantopus nigricollis), is here common in flocks of considerable size.

    Chapter VI

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