Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Least Concern

Little Stint (Calidris minuta)


French: Bécasseau minute German: Zwergstrandläufer Spanish: Correlimos menudo

Tringa minuta


, 1812,

Hanau am Main, Germany


Formerly placed in genus Erolia; has been included in Ereunetes. Monotypic.


N Scandinavia through S Novaya Zemlya and NW & NC Siberia to New Siberian Is and R Yana. Winters from Mediterranean and Africa through Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf E to Indian Subcontinent and Myanmar; small numbers in SE Britain and Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

12–14 cm; 17–44 g; wingspan 28–31 cm. Tiny, compact stint with short bill; feathers of upperparts have dark brown centres and pale rufous fringes or tips;... read more


On the breeding grounds, display call in flight is a fast series of high-pitched trilled notes, “... read more


Tundra of high Arctic, chiefly on dry ground at lower altitude, often among dwarf willows, near... read more

Food and feeding

Chiefly invertebrates; during breeding season primarily larval and adult Diptera and small beetles; after breeding also ants, Hymenoptera,... read more


Lays late Jun to early Jul. Monogamous, polygynous or polyandrous. Loosely territorial, with no clearly defined area defended; little or no... read more


Migratory; in broad front across much of W Palearctic; movements S-SW in Jul–Nov, birds... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population wintering in coastal W Africa and Europe considered to be stable and estimated at 211,000 birds (1989); of these, up to... read more

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Boesman, P. (2020). Little Stint (Calidris minuta). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).