Red-necked Stint

Scientific Name: Calidris ruficollis

Malay Name: Kedidi-Kerdil Leher Merah

Chinese Name: 红颈滨鹬

Range: Breeds in northern and north-eastern Siberia. Winters in East Asia, Indian subcontinent, Greater Sundas and Australasia.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 14-16 cm

Identification: 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.

Similar looking species: Temminck's Stint, Long-toed Stint, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Little Stint

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.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Jan 15-Jan 21
Early date 21 Jul 1996
Late date 28 May 1987
A small and uncommon wader, with large numbers sometimes observed at Chek Jawa during the fall and winter months, and smaller numbers elsewhere.


BirdLife International. (2016). Calidris ruficollis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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

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