Red-necked Stint

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.

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.

Featured reports: Sep 2022, Oct 2022, Nov 2022, Dec 2022

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

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.