Long-toed Stint

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Scientific Name: Calidris subminuta
Malay Name: Kedidi-Kerdil Jari Panjang
Chinese Name: 长趾滨鹬

Breeding in central and east Siberia. Winters in the Indian subcontinent, east Asia and Australia.


Size: 14-16 cm

A small wader that resembles Red-necked Stints and Little Stints but somewhat longer necked, finer billed, longer winged with a more slender-bodied appearance. Legs and feet are yellowish and distinctively long. Breeding plumaged adult and juvenile have rufous crown with dark streaks, upperparts and tertials broadly fringed rufous. Neck sides and breast washed creamy-buff and dark streaked. Underparts are white. They resemble the much larger Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in pattern and colour. Non-breeding adult rather plain mousy brown above, pale below.

Similar looking species: Red-necked Stint, Temminck's Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Little Stint

Habitat: Freshwater marshes, wet paddy fields, salt pans, coastal pools, rarely mudflats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Often feeds amongst vegetation, probing the ground with its bill. It feeds on molluscs, crustaceans, amphibians, insects, other invertebrates and seeds.

Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Featured reports: Oct 2022

Past accepted records in our database:

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

BirdLife International. (2016). Calidris subminuta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22693392A93402557.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.