Little Stint (species: Calidris (Calidris) minuta) in Monterey Bay, California (Gaia Guide)
Calidris (Calidris) minuta
Little Stint

©Lip Kee Yap: Non-breeding adult Little Stint (Calidris (Calidris) minuta)

©Ken Billington: Little Stint (Calidris (Calidris) minuta)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Calidris
Species Calidris (Calidris) minuta
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Its small size, fine dark bill, dark legs and quicker movements distinguish this species from all waders except the other dark-legged stints. It can be distinguished from these in all plumages by its combination of a fine bill tip, unwebbed toes and long primary projection.

The breeding adult has an orange wash to the breast, a white throat and a strong white V on its back. In winter plumage identification is difficult. Juveniles have pale crown stripes and a pinkish breast. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 15 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 27 cm to 30 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Little Stint (Calidris (Calidris) minuta)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It breeds in arctic Europe and Asia, and is a long-distance migrant, wintering south to Africa and south Asia. It occasionally is a vagrant to North America and to Australia. (Wikipedia)


They eat small invertebrates picked off the mud. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


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