- Calidris minuta
Length 12–14 cm (4¾-5½ in), wingspan 28–31 cm, weight 17–44 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.
Coastal and island tundra in summer; sandy beaches, mudflats, estuaries, and muddy pools, both fresh and salt water, in winter.
It nests on a bare ground scrape laying 3-5 eggs. Male and female may incubate separate clutches.
Diet includes small invertebrates picked off the mud.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Nils van Duivendijk Advanced Bird ID Handbook - The Western Palearctic ISBN 978-1-78009-022-1
- J. Gooders Larousse Fieldguide to the Birds of Britain and Europe (1995) ISBN 1-85697-0014-8
- K.Vinicombe, A. Harris, L. Tucker The Helm Guide to Bird Identification ISBN 978-1-4081-3035-3
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2016)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Little Stint. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 30 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Little_Stint
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