Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Least Concern

Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta)


French: Bécasseau à longs doigts German: Langzehen-Strandläufer Spanish: Correlimos dedilargo

Tringa subminuta


, 1853,

Stanovoy Mountains, Russia


Formerly placed in genus Erolia; has been included in Ereunetes. In the past, was sometimes considered conspecific with C. minutilla. Monotypic.


Disjunct populations from forest zone of SW Siberia to S tundra of Koryak Mts and NE Kamchatka; also Commander Is and N Kuril Is. Winters from E India, Sri Lanka and Indochina to Taiwan, and S through Philippines and Indonesia to W & SE Australia.

Descriptive notes

13–16 cm, 20–37 g, wingspan 26–35 cm. Small, slim stint with relatively long neck, legs and toes, always looking less compact than C. minutilla and... read more


Song given during display is a series of purring calls rolled together. Various calls described,... read more


Breeds in wide variety of subarctic and boreal open habitats, often in open bogs or mountain tundra... read more

Food and feeding

Diet poorly known, but includes insects (carabid beetles), small gastropod molluscs, crustaceans and seeds. Usually feeds among vegetation... read more


Nests early Jun to Jul. Probably monogamous. In scattered single pairs, often very close together. High degree of site fidelity. Nest a... read more


Migratory. Probably two main routes, which converge in China: along E coast of Asia, through... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total wintering population probably 25,000–100,000 birds. Regular migrant to freshwater wetlands in Australia; annual maximum... read more

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta). 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 25 February 2020).