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Temminck's Stint - BirdForum Opus

Non-breeding and breeding plumage
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Grgaon, Haryana, India, 2015-16
Calidris temminckii


13.5-15cm (5¼-6 in)

  • Yellow legs
  • White outer tail feathers
  • Plain brown upperparts and head
  • White underparts, darker breast
  • Tail projects just beyound wing tip
  • Slightly de-curved bill
Photo © by the late Jim Wood
East Lothian, Scotland, May 2007

Breeding adult has brighter rufous mantle feathers

Similar Species

Little Stint has grey outer tail feathers.


Northern Palearctic; winters to Africa, India, Indonesia and Philippines.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Freshwater marshes, pools and lakes, creeks, lagoons in estuaries and margins of salt pans.



Photo © by Mugil
Secovlje Salina, Slovenia, May 2003

The nest is a lined scrape in low vegetation or willow scrub; the clutch consists of 3-4 eggs.

Males hold a small territory mating with a female who lays a clutch of eggs, before moving on to another territory where she mates again a lays a second clutch which she incubates. The first male may mate with another female, who lays her second clutch on his territory. The male incubates the first female's clutch.


The diet includes insects, larvae, worms, crustaceans and molluscs, foraged in muddy vegetated areas.


Call: a short tirr.

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  1. 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/
  2. Answers.com
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728

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