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Birds

Little Stint (Calidris minuta)

Description

The Little Stint is the smallest sandpiper nesting in Europe, with a length of 12-14 cm. It is a tiny wading bird with a short, straight, fine black bill and medium-length black legs. It is brownish-grey above (grey in winter) and it is very white underneath. In autumn the birds have two pale stripes of ‘braces’ down the back.

Habitat

The Little stint breeds in the High Arctic Tundra on dry grounds or grassy areas, fairly close to pools and lakes, among small willows or near salt-marshes. During migration, it can be seen at small inland waters, riverbanks, or on coastal mudflats and seashores, and on freshwater lakes on passage.

Diet

Little stints consume small invertebrates obtained by rapid pecking action on muddy surfaces.

Protected Status

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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