Scientific Name: Calidris ruficollis
Malay Name: Kedidi-Kerdil Leher Merah
Chinese Name: 红颈滨鹬
Breeds in northern and north-eastern Siberia. Winters in East Asia, Indian subcontinent, Greater Sundas and Australasia.
Size: 14-16 cm
A small wader, very similar looking to Little Stint and Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Short, straight black bill.
Breeding adult has unstreaked rufous-orange cheeks, ear coverts, lower throat and centre of upper breast. Rufous and gold tones in upperwing coverts. Nonbreeding adult gray above with dark shaft-streaks, pale below with distinct greyish lateral breast patch with slight dark streaking; juvenile similar but richer gray-brown above with neat pale feather edges in upperparts.
Habitat: Mudflats, sandflats, salt pans, coastal pools and other inland wetlands.
Behaviour/Ecology: Highly gregarious and will form flocks with other small Calidris waders, Feeds on insects and other small invertebrates, with rapid pecking action, sometimes probes.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Marina East Drive, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Seletar Dam, Pulau Tekong, Chek Jawa at Pulau Ubin, Tuas South.
BirdLife International. (2016). Calidris ruficollis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22693383A93401907.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.