Little Stint

Calidris minuta

Little Stint, Calidris minuta, photo © by Michael Plagens

In winter plumage, this shorebird was probing for aquatic invertebrates at the edge of a water hole at Nairobi National Park, Kenya. December 2014.

From Wikipedia: This is a very small wader. It breeds in arctic Europe and Asia, and is a long-distance migrant, wintering south to Africa and south Asia. It occasionally is a vagrant to North America and to Australia. Its small size, fine dark bill, dark legs and quicker movements distinguish this species from all waders except the other dark-legged stints. It can be distinguished from these in all plumages by its combination of a fine bill tip, unwebbed toes and long primary projection.

Scolopacidae -- Sandpiper Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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