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Calidris subminuta (Long-toed stint) 

Langtoonstrandloper [Afrikaans]; Taigastrandloper [Dutch]; Bécasseau à longs doigts [French]; Langzehen-strandläufer [German]; Pilrito-diminuto [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 subminuta (Long-toed stint)  Calidris subminuta (Long-toed stint) 

Long-toed stint, Philippines. [photo Bobby Kintanar ©]

Long-toed stint, Philippines. [photo Neon Rosell ©]

Distribution and habitat

The extent of its breeding grounds is not well understood, but they are thought to extend discontinuously across Siberia and adjacent islands. In the non-breeding season it heads to eastern India, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesian islands, while it is a vagrant to western Europe, north-western USA and Africa, including southern Africa. Here it has been sighted four times, at Steynsrus Dam, Eastern Cape in January 1967, Leeupan, Gauteng in July 1968, Maputo Bay, Mozambique in February 1977 and Lobatse, Botswane in November 1984. It generally prefers shallow brackish and freshwater wetlands with bare muddy shores and aquatic vegetation, such as floating mats of algae.


  • 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.