Monday, 19 March 2012

Little Stint (Calidris minuta)

Latin Etymology: Calidris (waterside bird mentioned by Aristotle) minuta ("tiny")
Two adult Little Stint (Calidris minuta) in Autumn transition plumage at Oare Marshes, Kent - October 2017

Featured Subspecies: N/A
Weight: 20-30g  /  Length: 14-15.5cm  /  Wingspan: 27-30cm
UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Little Stints are tiny waders mostly seen on passage, but small nubmers, such as this one, do Winter in the UK.  They often mix in with Dunlin and can be tricky to pick out, despite the differences, just because picking out any different individuals from a swarm of little scuttling birds is a challenge.  Their Autumn plumage is a lot more distinctive than their Winter one. Despite its tiny size, it migrates spectacular distances - from the Arctic to Africa and South Asia. 

Related Species:
Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Calidris
Subspecies: None - monotypic

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A scarce passage migrant (460 birds) and very rare Winter migrant (14 birds)
 - At Oare Marshes in September 2012, March 2012 and October 2017. 

Further Notes: 
BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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