Little Stint

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

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

Taxonomy:
Monotypic.

Size: 14-15.5 cm

Identification:
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

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)

Location: Two birds reported at Chek Jawa on September 2017.

Photos:

External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

References:
BirdLife International. (2019). Calidris minuta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Bakewell, D. (2017). Finally, Singapore’s first Little Stints! [web log]. Retrieved October 7, 2021, from https://digdeep1962.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/finally-singapores-first-little-stints/.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.