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 Himantopus himantopus
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2014 Not Recognised
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass 161 g

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Afghanistan Native Extant     Yes  
Albania Native Extant Yes      
Algeria Native Extant        
Angola Native Extant        
Armenia Native Extant Yes      
Austria Native Extant Yes      
Azerbaijan Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Bahrain Native Extant     Yes Yes
Bangladesh Native Extant        
Belarus Native Extant Yes      
Belgium Native Extant Yes      
Benin Native Extant        
Bosnia and Herzegovina Native Extant        
Botswana Native Extant        
Brunei Native Extant        
Bulgaria Native Extant       Yes
Burkina Faso Native Extant        
Burundi Native Extant        
Cambodia Native Extant        
Cameroon Native Extant        
Cape Verde Native Extant        
Central African Republic Native Extant        
Chad Native Extant        
China (mainland) Native Extant        
Congo Vagrant Extant        
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Native Extant        
Côte d'Ivoire Native Extant        
Croatia Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Cyprus Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Czech Republic Native Extant Yes      
Denmark Vagrant Extant        
Djibouti Native Extant        
Egypt Native Extant        
Eritrea Native Extant        
Estonia Vagrant Extant        
Ethiopia Native Extant        
Finland Vagrant Extant        
France Native Extant     Yes Yes
Gabon Native Extant        
Gambia Native Extant        
Georgia Native Extant Yes      
Germany Native Extant Yes      
Ghana Native Extant        
Gibraltar (to UK) Vagrant Extant        
Greece Native Extant     Yes Yes
Guam (to USA) Native Extant   Yes    
Guinea Native Extant        
Guinea-Bissau Native Extant        
Hong Kong (China) Native Extant        
Hungary Native Extant Yes      
Iceland Vagrant Extant        
India Native Extant        
Indonesia Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Iran, Islamic Republic of Native Extant     Yes Yes
Iraq Native Extant     Yes Yes
Ireland Vagrant Extant        
Israel Native Extant     Yes Yes
Italy Native Extant     Yes Yes
Japan Native Extant        
Jordan Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Kazakhstan Native Extant Yes      
Kenya Native Extant        
Kuwait Native Extant     Yes Yes
Kyrgyzstan Native Extant Yes      
Laos Native Extant        
Lebanon Native Extant     Yes  
Lesotho Native Extant        
Liberia Native Extant        
Libya Native Extant        
Luxembourg Vagrant Extant        
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Native Extant       Yes
Madagascar Native Extant        
Malawi Native Extant        
Malaysia Native Extant        
Maldives Vagrant Extant        
Mali Native Extant        
Malta Native Extant        
Mauritania Native Extant        
Micronesia, Federated States of Native Extant   Yes    
Moldova Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Mongolia Native Extant Yes      
Montenegro Native Extant Yes      
Morocco Native Extant        
Mozambique Native Extant        
Myanmar Native Extant        
Namibia Native Extant        
Nepal Native Extant        
Netherlands Native Extant Yes      
Niger Native Extant        
Nigeria Native Extant        
North Korea Vagrant Extant        
Northern Mariana Islands (to USA) Native Extant   Yes    
Norway Vagrant Extant        
Oman Native Extant     Yes Yes
Pakistan Native Extant        
Palau Native Extant   Yes    
Palestinian Authority Territories Native Extant     Yes  
Philippines Native Extant        
Poland Native Extant Yes      
Portugal Native Extant       Yes
Qatar Native Extant       Yes
Romania Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Russia (Asian) Native Extant Yes      
Russia (Central Asian) Native Extant Yes      
Russia (European) Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Rwanda Native Extant        
Saudi Arabia Native Extant     Yes Yes
Senegal Native Extant        
Serbia Native Extant Yes      
Seychelles Vagrant Extant        
Sierra Leone Native Extant        
Singapore Native Extant        
Slovakia Native Extant Yes      
Slovenia Native Extant Yes      
Somalia Native Extant        
South Africa Native Extant        
South Korea Native Extant        
South Sudan Native Extant   Yes    
Spain Native Extant     Yes Yes
Sri Lanka Native Extant        
Sudan Native Extant        
Swaziland Native Extant        
Sweden Vagrant Extant        
Switzerland Native Extant Yes      
Syria Native Extant     Yes Yes
Taiwan (China) Native Extant   Yes    
Tajikistan Native Extant Yes      
Tanzania Native Extant        
Thailand Native Extant        
Timor-Leste Native Extant       Yes
Togo Native Extant        
Tunisia Native Extant   Yes    
Turkey Native Extant       Yes
Turkmenistan Native Extant Yes      
Uganda Native Extant        
Ukraine Native Extant Yes   Yes  
United Arab Emirates Native Extant     Yes Yes
United Kingdom Native Extant Yes      
USA Vagrant Extant        
Uzbekistan Native Extant Yes      
Vietnam Native Extant        
Western Sahara Native Extant Yes      
Yemen Native Extant     Yes Yes
Zambia Native Extant        
Zimbabwe Native Extant        

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Afghanistan Ab-i-Istada site factsheet
Austria Neusiedler See site factsheet
Austria Southern Seewinkel and Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen site factsheet
Azerbaijan Divichi liman (or Lake Akzibir) site factsheet
Bulgaria Atanasovsko Lake site factsheet
Bulgaria Kalimok Complex site factsheet
Bulgaria Mandra-Poda complex site factsheet
Bulgaria Pomorie Lake site factsheet
Bulgaria Shabla Lake Complex site factsheet
Bulgaria Srebarna site factsheet
Bulgaria Varna-Beloslav Lakes Complex site factsheet
Bulgaria Yatata site factsheet
Burkina Faso Béli River site factsheet
Burkina Faso Lake Oursi - Lake Darkoye site factsheet
China (mainland) Taizhou Wan site factsheet
China (mainland) Xuanmen Wan site factsheet
China (mainland) Yong Jiang Estuary site factsheet
Croatia Danube and Drava rivers' lowland areas site factsheet
Cyprus Akrotiri Peninsula - Episkopi Cliffs site factsheet
Cyprus Famagusta Lakes site factsheet
Cyprus Larnaca Salt Lakes site factsheet
Cyprus Mia Milia Sewage Treatment Plant site factsheet
Cyprus Oroklini Lake site factsheet
Ethiopia Abijatta - Shalla Lakes National Park site factsheet
France Anse de Fouras, baie d'Yves et marais de Rochefort site factsheet
France Anse du Fiers d'Ars en Ré site factsheet
France Baie de Bourgneuf et marais breton site factsheet
France Brenne centrale site factsheet
France Camargue site factsheet
France Cordon lagunaire de Sète à Agde site factsheet
France Domaine d'Orx site factsheet
France Estuaire de la Charente site factsheet
France Estuaire de la Loire site factsheet
France Estuaire et embouchure de la Seine site factsheet
France Etang de Thau site factsheet
France Etangs de Citis, Lavalduc, Engrenier, Pourra, l'Estomac, Fos et salines de Rassuen et de Fos site factsheet
France Etangs de Vendres, Pissevache et Lespignan site factsheet
France Etangs Montpellierains site factsheet
France Golfe du Morbihan et Etier de Penerf site factsheet
France Ile d'Oléron, marais de Brouage-Saint-Agnant site factsheet
France La Dombes site factsheet
France Marais entre Crau et Grand Rhône: Meyranne, Chanoine, Plan de Bourg et Salins du Caban site factsheet
France Marais et estuaire de la Seudre site factsheet
France Marais poitevin et baie de l'Aiguillon site factsheet
France Marais salants de Noirmoutier site factsheet
France Petite Camargue fluvio-lacustre site factsheet
France Salines de l'Etang de Berre site factsheet
France Salins d'Hyères et de Pesquiers site factsheet
France Traicts et marais salants de la Presqu'île Guérandaise site factsheet
Gambia Tanbi wetland complex site factsheet
Ghana Keta Lagoon Ramsar Site site factsheet
Ghana Songor Ramsar Site site factsheet
Greece Agios Mamas marsh site factsheet
Greece Amvrakikos gulf site factsheet
Greece Axios, Loudias and Aliakmonas rivers' deltas site factsheet
Greece Gallikos estuary and Kalochori lagoon site factsheet
Greece Kalogria lagoon, Strofilia forest, and Lamia marshes site factsheet
Greece Lakes Volvi, Koroneia and Rentina Gorge site factsheet
Greece Nea Fokea marshes site factsheet
Hong Kong (China) Inner Deep Bay and Shenzhen River catchment area site factsheet
Hungary Alkaline lakes of Kiskunság site factsheet
Hungary Bihar Plain site factsheet
Hungary Borsodi-Mezőség site factsheet
Hungary Cserebökény Pusztas of Szentes site factsheet
Hungary Lower Tisza Valley site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Akh Gol site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Arjan Protected Area site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Gavekhoni lake, and marshes of the lower Zaindeh Rud site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Gomishan marshes and Turkoman steppes site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Hamidieh (Omidiyeh) plains site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Hamoun-i Sabari and Hamoun-i Hirmand site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Horeh Bamdej site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Lake Alagol, Lake Ulmagol and Lake Ajigol site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Lake Bakhtegan, Lake Tashk and Kamjan marshes site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Lake Kobi site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Lake Maharlu site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Lake Uromiyeh site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Miankaleh Peninsula and Gorgan Bay site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Shadegan marshes and tidal mudflats of Khor-al Amaya and Khor Musa site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Shur Gol, Yadegarlu and Dorgeh Sangi lakes site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of South end of the Hamoun-i Puzak site factsheet
Iran, Islamic Republic of Susangerd marshes site factsheet
Iraq Gharraf River site factsheet
Iraq Haur Al Hammar site factsheet
Iraq Haur Uwainah site factsheet
Iraq Huweija marshes site factsheet
Iraq Razzaza Lake (Bahr Al Milh) site factsheet
Israel Judean foothills site factsheet
Israel Northern Arava valley site factsheet
Israel Southern Arava valley and Elat mountains site factsheet
Italy Cervia saltpans site factsheet
Italy Po Delta site factsheet
Italy Punte Alberete and Valle della Canna, Pineta San Vitale and Pialassa della Baiona site factsheet
Italy Stagnone di Marsala and Trapani saltpans site factsheet
Italy Valle Bertuzzi and Goro lagoon site factsheet
Italy Valli di Comacchio and Bonifica del Mezzano site factsheet
Italy Venice lagoon site factsheet
Italy Vercelli rice-fields site factsheet
Jordan Azraq site factsheet
Kazakhstan Lesser Aral Sea site factsheet
Kenya Lake Nakuru National Park site factsheet
Mali Lac Débo - Lac Oualado Débo site factsheet
Mali Lac Faguibine site factsheet
Mali Lac Horo site factsheet
Mauritania Gâat Mahmoûdé site factsheet
Mauritania Lac d'Aleg site factsheet
Mauritania Sawana - Oum Lellé site factsheet
Morocco Sidi Moussa - Oualidia site factsheet
Namibia Tsumkwe pan system site factsheet
Portugal Barrinha de Esmoriz/Lagoa de Paramos site factsheet
Portugal Castro Marim site factsheet
Portugal Mondego Estuary site factsheet
Portugal Paul do Taipal site factsheet
Portugal Pera marsh site factsheet
Portugal Ria de Aveiro site factsheet
Portugal Ria Formosa (Faro lagoon) site factsheet
Portugal Sado estuary site factsheet
Portugal Salinas de Alverca e do Forte da Casa site factsheet
Portugal Santo André and Sancha lagoons site factsheet
Portugal Tejo estuary site factsheet
Romania Balta Albă - Amara - Jirlău site factsheet
Romania Comana site factsheet
Romania Danube Delta site factsheet
Romania Ianca - Plopul - Sărat site factsheet
Romania Ilfov reservoir site factsheet
Romania Lake Beibugeac (Plopu) site factsheet
Romania Lake Bugeac site factsheet
Romania Lake Oltina site factsheet
Romania Lake Tataru site factsheet
Romania Lake Techirghiol site factsheet
Romania Limanu - Herghelia site factsheet
Romania Suhaia site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Kurtan Lake site factsheet
Russia (Central Asian) Man'yass lake site factsheet
Russia (European) Agrakhanski Bay (North Agrakhan) site factsheet
Russia (European) Dadynskiye lakes site factsheet
Russia (European) Delta of the River Don site factsheet
Russia (European) Islands in the western part of Lake Manych-Gudilo site factsheet
Russia (European) Prikumskiye steppes site factsheet
Russia (European) Temirgoiskiye lakes site factsheet
Saudi Arabia Al-Ha'ir site factsheet
Saudi Arabia Al-Hasa lagoons site factsheet
Saudi Arabia Makkah waste-water stream site factsheet
Saudi Arabia Sabkhat al-Fasl lagoons site factsheet
Saudi Arabia Tarut Bay site factsheet
Slovenia River Drava site factsheet
Slovenia Sečovlje saltpans site factsheet
Slovenia Škocjan Bay site factsheet
Spain Albufera de Mallorca and Albufereta de Pollença marshes site factsheet
Spain Albufera de Valencia marshes site factsheet
Spain Alcázar de San Juan-Quero endorreic lagoons site factsheet
Spain Almenara marshes site factsheet
Spain Ampurdán marshes site factsheet
Spain Cádiz bay site factsheet
Spain Cinca river rice fields and steppe area site factsheet
Spain Cortados del Jarama site factsheet
Spain Costa da Morte site factsheet
Spain Ebro delta site factsheet
Spain El Hito site factsheet
Spain El Hondo wetland site factsheet
Spain El Moro marshes site factsheet
Spain Gallocanta lake site factsheet
Spain Guadalentín saltmarshes site factsheet
Spain Guadalquivir marshes site factsheet
Spain Janubio saltpans site factsheet
Spain Llobregat delta site factsheet
Spain Mar Menor coastal lagoon site factsheet
Spain Mata and Torrevieja lagoons site factsheet
Spain Pedro Muñoz-Manjavacas endorreic lagoons site factsheet
Spain Pego-Oliva marshes site factsheet
Spain Pela mountain range-Orellana reservoir-Zorita site factsheet
Spain Pétrola-Almansa-Yecla site factsheet
Spain Redbeeds and copses of Aranjuez site factsheet
Spain River Mijares mouth site factsheet
Spain Salobrar de Campos Lagoons-Sa Vall site factsheet
Spain Salt-pans of Ibiza and Formentera and Freus isles site factsheet
Spain Tablas de Daimiel marshes; 'Vicario' and 'Gasset' reservoirs and Malagón lakes site factsheet
Spain Tierra de Campos steppes site factsheet
Spain Tordesillas-Mota del Marqués site factsheet
Spain Valdehornillos-Santa Amalia site factsheet
Spain Villafáfila site factsheet
Spain Wetlands of western Almería site factsheet
Taiwan (China) Central Section of Bachang River site factsheet
Taiwan (China) Hulupi site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Manyara site factsheet
Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area site factsheet
Tunisia Sebkhet Kelbia site factsheet
Turkey Akyay Plain site factsheet
Turkey Çöl Lake and Çalıkdüzü site factsheet
Turkey Erçek Lake site factsheet
Turkey Ereğli Plain site factsheet
Turkey Gediz Delta site factsheet
Turkey Hotamış Marshes site factsheet
Turkey Kızılırmak Delta site factsheet
Turkey Meriç Delta site factsheet
Turkey Seyhan Delta site factsheet
Turkey Sodalıgöl (Arın Lake) site factsheet
Turkey Sultan Marsh site factsheet
Uganda Kyambura Wildlife Reserve site factsheet
Ukraine Ajgul and Karleut lakes site factsheet
Ukraine Lake near Magazinka village site factsheet
Ukraine Molochna river valley site factsheet
Ukraine Syvash Bay site factsheet
United Arab Emirates Ramtha lagoons site factsheet
Uzbekistan Rogatoe Lake site factsheet
Uzbekistan Sudochye Lake site factsheet
Yemen Aden site factsheet
Yemen Ta'izz wadis site factsheet


Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Food (human) Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent
Sport Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Himantopus himantopus. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Not Recognised
Family Recurvirostridae (Avocets, Stilts)
Species name author (Linnaeus, 1758)
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change