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Length 12â€“14 cm (4Â¾-5Â½ in), wingspan 28â€“31 cm, weight 17â€“44 g
A small stint with black legs and short, thin black bill with a fine tip. Sexes are similar.
Primary projection long, usually 2-3 primary tips visible beyond the tertials. In flight shows a white wing bar and white margins to the rump.
Mottled above with feathers with black centres and broad rufous brown fringes, and white below.
Plain grey above, white below.
Similar to summer adult, but with a more obvious white double V on the back, and less orangey-toned around face. Supercilium divides just above the eye, dark loral patch and ear coverts. Diffuse brown streaking to neck and breast.
Red-necked Stint: very slightly larger with somewhat shorter legs. Bill tends to be blunt-tipped. Primary projection not as long.
Semipalmated Sandpiper: slightly larger; adult summer and juveniles greyer-toned with less extensive or none of the rufous tones of Little Stint. Juvenile lacks or only has an inconspicuous white V on back.
Western Sandpiper: bigger with longer legs, bill long and decurved, looks slimmer than Little Stint.
Dunlin: conspicuously larger than Little Stint, plumages similar mix of browns above and white below; in summer the black belly is obvious, and in juveniles, dark streaking on flanks. Bill is longer and decurved.