Little Stints

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Subject: Little Stints
From: Chris <>
Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 16:50:00 +1000
Having been lucky enough to be o/s in April and September I saw LSs
going north and coming back south.  I must have seen at least 50 in non,
coming into and going out of breeding plumage but none showed the
diagnostic white V on the back.  Some, probably juveniles, coming south
had a few white spots along the lower wing coverts. Other than that they
look almost identical except for the obvious longer legs (tarsus) which
makes them walk like a sandpiper rather than a stint, as we are used to
any way.  The Birds of Kenya and Tanzania by Zimmerman et al says that
Red-necked Stints have a distinct triangle between the breast grey and
the edge of the wing while Little Stints have the breast grey going down
past the bend of the wing.
I wonder how the LSs sighted in Australia have been sorted from the
Cheers  Chris

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