Calidris subminuta   (Middendorff,  1853) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 13-15 cm.

Voice: Soft prrt, chrrup.

Habits: Forages with other Stints, runs about energetically for feeding.

Sexes alike, similar to Little Stint but with comparatively longer, yellowish legs, upright and longish neck, slightly down curved bill and greyish-brown outer tail-feather. Non-breeding (winter): Upperparts with prominent dark centres in feathers and prominent dark centres in feathers and prominent dark centres in feathers and prominent supercilium white and foreneck and breast streaked with brown. Juvenile: With white V on back formed due to white edging to mantle.

Breeding season: It breeds from early-June to July in solitary pairs, usually well-dispersed but sometimes very close together within wetlands. Nest- The nest is a shallow depression on a hummock of sedge well-hidden in areas with mosses, sedges and dwarf willows Salix spp. near pools on open, grassy bogs or swamps or on mountain tundra in boreal forest (taiga).

Synonym (s)
Calidris subminutus (Middendorff, 1853)

Common Name (s)
• Long-toed Stint (English)
• Longtoed Stint (English)
• Pachai kaal kosu ullan (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Muddy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Carnivorous, tiny invertebrates.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Gujarat INDIA
• Goa, Carambolim INDIA (Record: 02/12/1997)
• Goa, Santa Cruz INDIA
• Goa, Panaji INDIA
• Goa, Ribandar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Orissa, Dhamra Port INDIA
• Nagaland INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Orissa, Bhitarkanika INDIA
• Kerela, Kuttanad wetlands INDIA

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