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This large, slender black and white shorebird has bright red legs. Stilts breed in wetlands and playa lakes in the western United States, along the eastern coast and throughout much of Latin America. Stilts are common breeding and wintering birds throughout the wetlands of the Central Valley. They are one of the few birds that breed in rice fields and place eggs in rudimentary nests on dikes, levees and islets. Stilts forage exclusively in shallow wetlands, including flooded rice fields.