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Species of Thailand

Red-necked stint

Calidris ruficollis

Peter Simon Pallas, 1776

In Thai: นกสติ๊นท์คอแดง

The red-necked stint (Calidris ruficollis) is a small migratory wader. The genus name is from Ancient Greek kalidris or skalidris, a term used by Aristotle for some grey-coloured waterside birds. The specific ruficollis is from Latin rufus, "red" and collum, "neck".


These birds are among the smallest of waders, very similar to the little stint, Calidris minuta, with which they were once considered conspecific. The red-necked stint's small size, fine dark bill, dark legs and quicker movements distinguish this species from all waders except the other dark-legged stints. It measures 13 - 17 cm in length, 28 - 37 cm in wingspan and 21 - 51 g in body mass. It can be distinguished from the western sandpiper and the semipalmated sandpiper in all plumages by its combination of a fine bill tip, unwebbed toes, and longer primary projection.

The breeding adult has an unstreaked orange breast, bordered with dark markings below, and a white V on its back. In winter plumage identification is difficult, although it is shorter legged and longer winged than the little stint. Juveniles have more contrasting mantle plumage and weaker white lines down the back than their relative. The call is a hoarse "stit".

Distribution and habitat

Red-necked stints are strongly migratory, breeding along the Arctic littoral of eastern Eurasia and spending the non-breeding season in South East Asia and Australasia as far south as Tasmania and New Zealand. They are rare vagrants to western Europe. They are often seen in western Alaska and occasionally elsewhere in the Americas.


Red-necked stints are highly gregarious and will form flocks with other small Calidris waders, such as sharp-tailed sandpipers and curlew sandpipers in their non-breeding areas.


Their breeding habitat is tundra. They nest on the ground and breed from spring to summer.


They forage in wet grassland and soft mud, mainly picking up food by sight. In their non-breeding habitat they feed on intertidal mudflats and along the muddy margins of freshwater lakes. They mainly eat insects and other small invertebrates.

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Common winter visitor

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Calidris ruficollis

Common names

  • English:
    • Red-necked stint
    • Rufous-necked stint
  • French: Bécasseau à col roux
  • Thai: นกสติ๊นท์คอแดง

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (BirdLife)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (ONEP)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (BCST)


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Range Map

Distribution map of Red-necked stint, Calidris ruficollis in Thailand
  • Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram
  • Ao Phang-Nga National Park
  • Ban Laem District, Phetchaburi
  • Bang Pakong District, Chachoengsao
  • Bang Pu Recreation Centre
  • Bueng Boraped Non-Hunting Area
  • Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai
  • Chumphon Coast
  • Hat Chao Mai National Park
  • Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park
  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
  • Khao Yoi District, Phetchaburi
  • Klaeng District, Rayong
  • Ko Libong
  • Laem Pak Bia
  • Laem Son National Park
  • Mueang Chonburi District, Chonburi
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Pattani District, Pattani
  • Mueang Phetchaburi District, Phetchaburi
  • Mueang Samut Sakhon District, Samut Sakhon
  • Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat Coast
  • Pak Thale
  • Pattani Coast
  • Phi Phi Islands
  • Pran Buri Forest Park
  • Samut Prakan Province
  • Similan Islands
  • Songkhla Coast
  • Surat Thani Coast
  • Takua Pa District, Phang Nga
  • Tha Sala District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
Range map of Calidris ruficollis in Thailand