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Conservation status: Green

The little stint is a tiny wading bird with a short straight fine black bill and medium-length black legs. It is brownish-grey above (grey in winter) and it is very white underneath. Autumn birds have two pale stripes or 'braces' down the back. It does not breed in the UK, but is a passage migrant, with most birds being juveniles seen in autumn. It is much scarcer in spring, when small numbers of adults are seen, and a very few birds spend the winter here, most migrating to Africa. Often seen with feeding dunlin.

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Overview

Latin name

Calidris minuta

Family

Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)

Where to see them

The best place to see them is in suitable habitat on the east and west coast of the UK in autumn.

When to see them

Mainly Aug-Sept; some birds late-Apr-early June

What they eat

Mainly insects; also crustaceans and molluscs

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
--14 birds460

Distribution

Key

Audio

Wildsounds/Sitelle