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Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked stint) 

Rooinekstrandloper [Afrikaans]; Roodkeelstrandloper [Dutch]; Bécasseau à col roux [French]; Rotkehl-strandläufer [German]; Pilrito-de-nuca-vermelha [Portuguese]

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates) > Tetrapoda (four-legged vertebrates) > Reptiliomorpha > Amniota > Reptilia (reptiles) > Romeriida > Diapsida > Archosauromorpha > Archosauria > Dinosauria (dinosaurs) > Saurischia > Theropoda (bipedal predatory dinosaurs) > Coelurosauria > Maniraptora > Aves (birds) > Order: Charadriiformes > Family: Scolopacidae

Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked stint) 

Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked stint) 

Red-necked stint in non-breeding plumage, Burnett's Head, Australia. [photo Tony Morris ©]

Red-necked stint in breeding plumage, Taiwan. [photo Chih Yuan Pan ©]

Distribution and habitat

Breeds in northern and north-eastern Siberia, marginally extending into Alaska, heading south in the non-breeding season to south-eastern China, eastern India, Australia and New Zealand. It is a rare vagrant to southern Africa, with several records along the coast of South Africa and southern Mozambique, with two isolated records in the North-West Province and north central Namibia respectively. It generally prefers muddy bays, estuaries, sewage works, degraded salt-marshes, farm dams and commercial salt pans.


It does most of its foraging on mudflats or pan margins, pecking and probing in search of food.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.