Bill long, straight, hard, slender, pointed: nostrils linear, near the base of the bill, each situated in a groove that, extends about half the length of the mandible. Wings long and pointed, 1st quill longest; tail short, even. Legs very long; tibia bare for a long distance, three-quarters the length of the long tarsi, which are reticulated throughout; no hind toe, outer joined to middle toe by a broad web, a narrower web between the middle and inner toe.
The Stilts are found in all temperate and tropical countries. One species occurs in India.