Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

The following are some photographs of an adult Red-necked Stint in breeding plumage banded at Broome in September 1992.

The following is a photograph of Red-necked Stints feeding on the edge of Pearce Lakes on Rottnest Island in November 2001.

It is a memorable sight to see them in breeding plumage, or sometimes feeding in thousands and thousands on lakes and estuaries in the south west (e.g. Lake McLarty in January; Alfred Cove).

Results from the banding in the north west show that Red-necked Stints don't migrate until their second year.  i.e. The first year birds over winter in Australia.  Waders banded in the north west have plastic yellow leg flags on their upper leg.  Please report any sightings away from the north west.

The adults generally arrive back in the north west in mid to late August, and in the south in early October.  The first year birds arrive in the north west in late September or early October.

Copyright Frank O'Connor 1997-2003 Visits Last Modified 5th June 2003