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Bird name:

Temminck's Stint

Calidris temminckii




Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)





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Breeding Location:

Tundra, Rivers

Breeding Type:

Polygamous, Complex

Egg Colour:

Smooth, glossy and pale olive with brown blotches.

Number of Eggs:


Incubation Days:

21 - 22

Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Material:

Scrape lined with leaves and grass.

Nest Location:

On ground, on edge of water near plants.




Temminck's Stint: Small, sparrow-sized wader with green-yellow legs and feet. Brown-grey above and on breast with dark streaking on crown and on breast. Red-brown in crown and on back. White throat, belly, and vent. Tail mostly white. Sexes similar. Winter adults are mostly grey above with grey breast, white throat, belly, and vent, and pale eye ring. Faint, dark streaks on crown, breast, and on back. Juvenile is like winter adult but is more grey-brown and has pale brown edging to feathers on back and wings.

Range and Habitat

Temmick's Stint: Rare summer breeder and scarce passage visitor to the UK. Migrating birds can be seen beginning in May; a few birds stay to breed in Scotland, most continue to Arctic breeding sites. Fewer birds are seen on autumn migration to Africa. Find birds on mudflats primarily on east coast of England.

Breeding and Nesting

Temminck's Stint: Breeds in boreal tundra but avoids exposed coasts. Both dry and wet areas are used. Preferred habitat has elevated song perch. Nest is a shallow scrape on the ground, in clear area or amongst grasses, thickets, or other low, patchy vegetation. One to three broods per season.

Foraging and Feeding

Temminck's Stint: Inland on the tundra, grassy meadows it feeds on insects like beetles and flies. On coastal migration mudflats feeds on crustaceans, worms and mollusks. Forages in soft mud with some vegetation usually picking out food by sight.


Temminck's Stint: Prolonged trilling "tiriririr."

Similar Species

Temminck's Stint: Little Stint has more rufous colouring, darker legs, and a light eyebrow.

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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.


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