Little Stint

Calidris minuta

Little Stint

Little Stint

Quick Facts


Scientific name:

Calidris minuta


Sandpipers, snipes and phalaropes

Conservation status:




12cm to 14cm


34cm to 37cm


20g to 40g

About the Little Stint

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.

What does a Little Stint eat?

Their diets mainly consist of insects, but also will eat molluscs and crustaceans.

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