Red-necked Stint (species: Calidris (Calidris) ruficollis) in Monterey Bay, California (Gaia Guide)
Calidris (Calidris) ruficollis
Red-necked Stint

©J.J. Harrison: Red-necked stint (Red-necked Stint)

©David Cook: Red-necked Stint (Calidris (Calidris) ruficollis), Cairns Esplanade, QLD, Australia
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Calidris
Species Calidris (Calidris) ruficollis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Compared to similar birds, they have a reddish cast to their neck plumage.

Its small size, fine dark bill, dark legs and quicker movements distinguish this species from all waders except the other dark-legged stints.

The breeding adult has an unstreaked orange breast, bordered with dark markings below, and a white V on its back. In winter plumage identification is difficult, although it is shorter legged and longer winged than the Little Stint.

Juveniles have more contrasting mantle plumage and weaker white lines down the back. (Wikipedia)


  • From 13 cm to 17 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 28 cm to 37 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

They are strongly migratory, breeding along the Arctic littoral of eastern Eurasia and spending the non-breedng season in South East Asia and Australasia as far south as Tasmania and New Zealand. They are rare vagrants to western Europe. They are often seen in western Alaska and occasionally elsewhere in the Americas. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings



© Christoph Bock


They forage in wet grassland and soft mud, mainly picking up food by sight. In their non-breeding habitat they feed on intertidal mudflats and along the muddy margins of freshwater lakes. They mainly eat insects and other small invertebrates. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


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