Little stint Facts

Little stint Facts
Little stint is small wading bird that belongs to the sandpiper family. It can be found in Europe and Asia. Little stint inhabits tundra, wetlands, mudflats, beaches, estuaries, areas near the, rivers, swamps and salty marshes. Even though it is widespread and numerous in the wild, number of little stints is decreasing in some areas due to habitat destruction, illegal hunting and diseases. Little stint is not on the list of endangered species.
Interesting Little stint Facts:
Little stint can reach 4.7 to 5.5 inches in length and 0.7 to 1.4 ounces of weight. Females are slightly larger than males.
Little stint has brownish grey back and wings. Face, neck and breast are reddish-brown and covered with black spots. Chin, throat and belly are white-colored. V-shaped white marking on the back is clearly visible during the flight. Little stint is mostly grey colored during the winter. Males and females look alike.
Little stint is tiny, sparrow-sized bird with short, dagger-like bill. It has black eyes and medium-sized black legs. Little stint does not have webbed feet.
Little stint has a wingspan of 10.6 to 11.8 inches. It moves its wings rapidly in the air and flies swiftly. Little stint can travel large distances with ease.
Little stint is active during the day (diurnal animal). It roosts during the high tide (during the day) and night.
Little stint has keen eyesight which facilitates detection of food.
Little stint is a carnivore (meat-eater). Its diet is based on insects, earthworms, crustaceans and mollusks.
Little stint is gregarious bird. It lives in small or large flocks made of few thousand birds. Little stints use short, sharp "stit" calls for communication.
Natural enemies of little stints are skuas and snowy owls.
Flocks of 20 to 30 little stints migrate toward the wintering grounds in Africa and South Asia from July to November. They return to the breeding areas from mid-May to early June. Immature birds often stay in the wintering grounds all year round.
Breeding season of little stints takes place from June to July. Both males and females mate with more than one partner.
Little stints nest in the open areas. Nest is cup-shaped depression in the ground, lined with leaves and grass.
Female lays 3 to 5 eggs that hatch after 21 to 23 days. Both parents participate in the incubation of eggs and they often incubate two sets of eggs at the same time (produced with different partners).
Usually only one parent take care of the chicks. Little stints learn to fly at the age of 15 to 18 days and reach sexual maturity at the age of 2 years.
Little stint can survive up to 14 years in the wild.

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