Red-necked Stint / Little Stint, Western Treatment Plant (Vic)

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Subject: Red-necked Stint / Little Stint, Western Treatment Plant (Vic)
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 10:00:54 +1000
Hi all,

There have been a couple darker coloured / breeding plumage stints at the Spit 
at the Western Treatment Plant, Victoria. (One birds has an injured leg.) After 
careful analysis it's been concluded that both birds are Red-necked Stint, not 
Little Stint. One bird in particular has stood out because it is a brightly 
coloured bird (for a photograph see Birdline Victoria at This is 
because it is an adult Red-necked Stint that has not migrated, while nearly all 
the companion birds are first-year Red-necked Stint whch lack significant 
breeding plumage. Thanks Danny Rogers for his expertise in this area and 
careful analysis. The diagnostic Red-necked Stint features are:

1. LOTS of red on the face and throat. It does have a white chin, but this 
isn't unusual in breeding plumage RNS. Little Stint has a much bigger white 
area on the throat.
2. BAND of dark speckling below the red of the throat and upper breast. Little 
Stint lack this, they have dark streaking within the buffy rufous of their 
upper breast.
3. WHITE edges to tertials - Little Stint usually have very broad rufous outer 
edges to most or all of their tertials.
4. SIMPLE white supercilium - Little Stint adults usually (not always) show a 
split supercilium.
5. NO WHITE mantle V - usually present in breeding plumage Little Stint.
6. GENERAL long-bodied, short-legged appearance - Little Stints are slightly 
longer-legged and shorter-bodied, though it would be brave to ID them on that 

Unless another Little Stint turns up I'd suggest that previous reports are 

On a lighter side this means that I'm now one bird down in terms of my 2009 
Victorian list, currently sittin at 311 for the year. These things happen, 
c'est la vie. I might have to chase the Brown Honeyeater in Kamarooka again, 
again. See  Once again thanks Danny Rogers for 
his assistance.


Tim Dolby

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