Little Stint

Calidris minuta (Leisler, 1812) LX LITST 5010
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Little Stint, Tom Cadwallender

The smallest of our regularly occurring waders, the Little Stint is mostly recorded on spring and (especially) autumn passage.

About two-thirds the size of Dunlin (with which it is often found), Little Stint can be identified by its shorter, straighter bill. It is typically found on the edge of fresh or brackish water, running and pecking the mud.

Birds passing through Britain breed in northern Scandinavia and north-west Russia and winter in southern Europe and western Africa. One colour-ringed bird was marked on the west coast of Norway on 24 September then identified 3 days later in East Yorkshire having travelled over 1,000 km.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter


Little Stint identification is often difficult.


Listen to example recordings of the main vocalisations of Little Stint, provided by xeno-canto contributors.

Flight call


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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.



During the 2007–11 winter period, Little Stints were recorded from 108 10-km squares, mostly in the southern half of England and at coastal sites, though inland reservoirs and gravel pits were also utilised.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2



Little Stints are passage migrants, most often encountered in autumn when numbers are swelled by returning juveniles; small numbers winter.

Weekly occurence of Little Stint from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.

Foreign locations of birds ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland

Foreign locations of Little Stint ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland
Encountered in: Winter (Nov-Feb); Spring (Mar-Apr); Summer (May-Jul); Autumn (Aug-Oct)


Lifecycle and body size information about Little Stint, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.



View number ringed each year in the Online Ringing Report


Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Gaelic: Luatharan-beag
Welsh: Pibydd Bach
Catalan: territ menut comú
Czech: jespák malý
Danish: Dværgryle
Dutch: Kleine Strandloper
Estonian: väikerüdi e. väikerisla
Finnish: pikkusirri
French: Bécasseau minute
German: Zwergstrandläufer
Hungarian: apró partfutó
Icelandic: Veimiltíta
Irish: Gobadáinín Beag
Italian: Gambecchio comune
Latvian: trulitis
Lithuanian: mažasis begikas
Norwegian: Dvergsnipe
Polish: biegus malutki
Portuguese: pilrito-pequeno
Slovak: pobrežník malý
Slovenian: mali prodnik
Spanish: Correlimos menudo
Swedish: småsnäppa

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