Little Stint

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

Scientific Name: Calidris minuta
Malay Name: Kedidi-Kerdil Perang
Chinese Name: 小滨鹬

Breeds in the northern Palearctic, winters in Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent. Vagrant to southeast Asia.


Size: 14-15.5 cm

Good views are required to differentiate this species from the very similar Red-necked Stint; compared to that species, Little has longer legs (with longer exposed tibia) and bill, distinct split supercilium (apparent in photographs), and darker central crown.

Similar looking species: Red-necked Stint, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Long-toed Stint, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint

Habitat: Mudflats and sandflats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Similar to Red-necked, feeds by rapid probing and pecking.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Little Stint)

BirdLife International. (2019). Calidris minuta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Bakewell, D. (2017). Finally, Singapore’s first Little Stints! Dig deep. Retrieved October 7, 2021, from

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.