The Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii) is a small wetland wading bird.
The Temminck’s Stint has brown upperparts and head, and white underparts. Its legs and beak are grey-black.
It can grow to 15 centimetres (6 inches) tall.
It is from the arctic region of northern Europe and Asia. It is migratory. It migrates to tropical Africa and India to escape Europe’s winter. It prefers wetlands with soft mud and some vegetation.
The Temminck’s Stint looks for food in the mud of a lake or marshland. It mainly eats insects.
Females lay 3-4 eggs in a slight hollow on the ground in two separate clutches (groups). Male and female parents sit on separate clutches of eggs in different locations. Males sit on the first clutch, and females sit on the second clutch.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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