Waders | Long-toed Stint > mixed company ◦

The Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta) can often be found in the company of other waders, such as the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata). In the following photographs you can see the size difference between the bird species.

The Long-toed Stint has similar colour and pattern to the much larger Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, the colour being a rich brown with darker feathered centres above in the breeding adult, whilst the non-breeding adult is a rather plain brown to grey above and pale below. They have yellowish legs and a short thin dark bill. They have a light, almost white line above the eye and a brown crown. The Long-toed stints are more a grey-brown above in winter. The juveniles have a brightly rufous coloured pattern above and white mantle stripes.

As well as the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, the Long-toed Stint can also be seen with other waders such as the White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus). You can see the dramatic size difference in these two species of birds.

Another species that can be found in the company of both the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and the Long-toed Stint is the Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops).


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Scolopacidae
  • Genus: Calidris
  • Species: C. subminuta
  • Binomial name: Calidris subminuta