Monday, 19 March 2012

Little Stint (Calidris minuta)

Two adult Little Stint (Calidris minuta) in Autumn transition plumage at Oare Marshes, Kent - September 2012

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)
 - A pair at Oare Marshes in September 2012 plus a single bird at a distance in March 2012 . 

Further Notes: RSPB,
Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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