Little Stint

Little Stint

Scientific name: Calidris minuta

Did you know: The Little Stint, a dainty migratory wader, was first recorded as a breeding bird in the UK in the late 19th century, transforming our shorelines with its delightful presence!

What Do Little Stints Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

The Little Stint is a petite wading bird, easily recognised by its straight and fine black bill, black legs, and brownish-grey plumage (which turns grey in winter). The underside is strikingly white, and in autumn, they display two palish stripes down their back, known as ‘braces.’

Differences Between Male And Female Little Stints

Males and females are similar in plumage, though females are generally larger. Both sexes share the characteristic yellow eye-ring, making them a captivating sight.

What Do Little Stints Eat?

Primarily, Little Stints feast on a diet of insects, complemented by crustaceans and molluscs, showcasing their adaptability in various habitats.

Where Do Little Stints Live? (Including Migration Info)

While not breeding in the UK, the Little Stint is a common passage migrant. Most observed birds are juveniles seen in autumn. These birds usually migrate to Africa, with only a few wintering in the UK.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Little Stints)

The Little Stint’s call is a distinct sharp “stit”, a sound that adds to the chorus of the coastal and wetland areas they frequent.

Fun Little Stint Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Little Stints are among the smallest wading birds seen in the UK.
  • They love to mingle with Dunlins, especially when feeding.
  • These birds have a knack for forming large flocks in winter.
  • Little Stints are globe-trotters, migrating all the way to Africa!
  • They’re known for their quick movements, which distinguishes them from other similar birds.

Facts About The Little Stint

Diet: Mainly insects - also crustaceans and molluscs.
Bird Family: Sandpipers, snipes and phalaropes
Length: 12-14cm
Wingspan: 34-37cm
Weight: 20-40g
Scientific Name: Calidris minuta

The Little Stint Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • August
  • September
  • October