Temminck's Stint

Calidris temminckii (Leisler, 1812) TK TEMST 5020
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Temmincks Stint, Brendan Doe

This diminutive wader is a passage migrant and exceptionally rare breeder.

At the very south-western edge of its breeding range, there were only ever a very small number of individuals breeding in northern Scotland in any one year, but even these numbers have declined and it now appears to breed less than annually. Favoured breeding sites were in remote, damp, bogs.

It is most frequently recorded in BirdTrack in the spring (most records are in May) as individuals make the return journey from their wintering grounds in Africa. Records are usually of single birds since this species does not readily form flocks in the way that other waders do.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter


Temminck's Stint identification is often difficult.


Listen to example recordings of the main vocalisations of Temminck's 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.



Temminck's Stints have bred on occasion in the UK, but none were confirmed to breed during the 2007–11 atlas.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Change in occupied 10-km squares in the UK


Temminck's Stints are scarce passage migrant, regularly recorded in May and sporadically in autumn and rarely in winter.

Weekly occurence of Temminck's 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 Temminck's 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 Temminck's 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

Welsh: Pibydd Temminck
Catalan: territ de Temminck
Czech: jespák šedý
Danish: Temmincksryle
Dutch: Temmincks Strandloper
Estonian: värbrüdi e. värbrisla
Finnish: lapinsirri
French: Bécasseau de Temminck
German: Temminckstrandläufer
Hungarian: Temminck-partfutó
Icelandic: Bakkatíta
Irish: Gobadáinín Temminck
Italian: Gambecchio nano
Latvian: (Teminka šnibitis), pelekais trulitis
Lithuanian: Teminko begikas
Norwegian: Temmincksnipe
Polish: biegus maly
Portuguese: pilrito-de-temminck
Slovak: pobrežník sivý
Slovenian: Temminckov prodnik
Spanish: Correlimos de Temminck
Swedish: mosnäppa

Links to more information from ConservationEvidence.com

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