Long-toed Stint (species: Calidris (Calidris) subminuta) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Calidris (Calidris) subminuta
Long-toed Stint

©J.J. Harrison: Long-toed Stint (Calidris (Calidris) subminuta)

©Hiyashi Haka: Long-toed Stint (Calidris (Calidris) subminuta)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Calidris
Species Calidris (Calidris) subminuta
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

This bird has yellowish legs and a short thin dark bill. Breeding adults are a rich brown with darker feather centres above and white underneath. They have a light line above the eye and a brown crown. In winter, Long-toed Stints are grey above. The juveniles are brightly patterned above with rufous colouration and white mantle stripes. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 16 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 26 cm to 31 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It breeds across northern Asia and is strongly migratory, wintering in south and south east Asia and Australasia. It occurs in western Europe only as a very rare vagrant. (Wikipedia)


These birds forage on mudflats, picking up food by sight, sometimes by probing. They mainly eat small crustaceans, insects and snails. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.