Belongs to: passage waders

Compare with: dunlin

Little stint Calidris minuta


Best time to see: Oct to Mar

Key facts

Small version of dunlin, with short bill, black legs and non-stop feeding action

Habitat: marshes and estuaries

Regular passage migrant; breeds in N. Norway and Siberia

Recognition

Very small dunlin-like wader; short bill and black legs; grey upperparts in winter, brown in summer; 13 cm

Feeds in characteristic non-stop feeding action, eating worms, crustaceans and molluscs

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Photo © Alan Williams