12cm to 14cm
34cm to 37cm
20g to 40g
The little stint is a very small wading bird with medium-length black legs and a straight and short black beak. In winter it is grey-ish brown on the upper parts and white underneath. In autumn these birds have two pale stripes or 'braces' running down their backs.
Little Stints don't breed here in the UK and are instead a passage migrant - in autumn most of the birds seen here are juveniles, whereas in spring you'll see more adults - but in small numbers. In winter most birds migrate to Africa leaving very few birds here.
These birds are often seen alongside feeding dunlin.
Their diets mainly consist of insects, but also will eat molluscs and crustaceans.
Belonging to a group of birds generally called waders or shorebirds, the common sandpiper prefers freshwater habitats as opposed to saltwater locations.