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  Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta)





Long-toed Stint | Calidris subminuta photo
Long-toed Stint

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Long-toed Stint | Calidris subminuta photo
Calidris subminuta

Image by Alnus - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



LONG-TOED STINT FACTS

Description
The Long-toed Stint is a small wading bird. The non-breeding plumage is mottled grey above with pale underside with pale speckles. The breeding plumage is more reddish brown above. The crown of the head is brown with a pale streak above the eye. It gets its common name from its long slender toes. The beak is fairly short an sharp. The legs and feet are yellow and the beak is brown. The species has a broad range and is not considered threatened.

Size
about 15 cm long with wingspan of about 30 cm

Habitat
lakes, swamps, floodplains, marshes, lagoons

Food
mollusks, crustaceans, insects and other invertebrates

Range
the Long-toed Stint breeds in northern Asia and migrates to south east Asia and Australasia in winter. In Australia it may be seen on inland lakes and swamps in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory.

distribution map showing range of Calidris subminuta in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Scolopacidae
Genus:Calidris
Species:subminuta
Common Name:Long-toed Stint

Relatives in same Genus
  Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (C. acuminata)
  Sanderling (C. alba)
  Dunlin (C. alpina)
  Baird's Sandpiper (C. bairdii)
  Red Knot (C. canutus)
  Curlew Sandpiper (C. ferruginea)
  White-rumped Sandpiper (C. fuscicollis)
  Pectoral Sandpiper (C. melanotos)
  Little Stint (C. minuta)
  Great Knot (C. tenuirostris)