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Red-necked Stint

(Calidris ruficollis)
Alternate name(s): "Red-necked Sandpiper"
Size: 13-16 cm; wing span 35-38 cm
Weight: 15-50 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red-necked Stint at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

BREEDING

Frontal view of a Red-necked Stint in near-breeding plumage
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Lateral view of a Red-necked Stint in near-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Frontal view of a Red-necked Stint in transitional plumage
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Lateral view of a Red-necked Stint (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, August 2013]

The same Red-necked Stint as above, now seen stretching (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, August 2013]

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plumage
[Lee Point beach, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Near-frontal view of a Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Near-lateral view of a Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Lateral view of a Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Government Lake, Rottnest Island, WA, February 2016]

Lateral view of a Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plumage foraging in shallow water (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Government Lake, Rottnest Island, WA, February 2016]

Lateral view of a Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plumage; note how the characteristic small hind toe is clearly visible (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Lateral view of a Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plumage; note how the characteristic small hind toe is clearly visible (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Lateral view of a Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plumage
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Lateral view of a Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plumage
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Lateral view two Red-necked Stints in non-breeding plumage in a small rock pool (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Here one Red-necked Stint stretches a wing, exposing the upperwing pattern
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Dorsal view of a Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plumage
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Two Red-necked Stints in non-breeding plumage taking a bath
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Comparison of a Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plumage (left) with a Red-capped Plover in non-breeding plumage, on the right; note the similar sizes (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Comparison of Red-necked Stints in non-breeding plumage, left, with a Sanderling in non-breeding plumage, on the right; note the difference in size (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

Small group of Red-necked Stints resting together with Ruddy Turnstones
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Dorsal view of a Red-necked Stint at take-off, displaying its upperwing pattern (photo courtesy of R. Druce)
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Dorsal view of a (small flock of) Red-necked Stint(s) in flight (photo courtesy of R. Druce)
[Goran Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Red-necked Stints in flight in a small flock, together with Red-capped Plovers and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2012]

Dorsal view of Red-necked Stints in non-breeding plumage in flight
[Lee Point beach, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

"Assortment" of waders, with two Lesser Sandplovers in near-breeding plumage, centre and front left,, one Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage (front right), a second Ruddy Turnstone in non-breeding plumage (front centre), one Greater Sand Plover in breeding plumage (centre right) and a second Greater Sand Plover in non-breeding plumage (towards the back right); on the right and front right there are also two Red-necked Stints (the smallest birds in the photo) in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Food, Diet

Red-necked Stints feeding in a group
[Lee Point beach, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Here one can see how Red-necked Stints sift through the wash on the sand for crustaceans and other small animals
[Lee Point beach, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Red-necked Stint in non-breeding plumage digging prey out of the sand of a beach (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

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