IUCN Red-List: Near Threatened1
Weighing about as much as a Tim Tam, a tiny Red-necked Stint can fly over 3200 kilometres without stopping2. This is just a fragment of its total 12,500 km journey from Australia to breeding grounds in Siberia2.Despite being the smallest of the migratory shorebird species to visit Australian shores, these birds are very social and often flock together with their larger cousins. Red-necked stints are omnivorous, feeding on insects, marine invertebrates, seeds and berries3. They derive their name from their distinctive red plumage around the head and neck during the breeding season, but moult into paler grey plumage for the non-breeding season3. As a species that relies exclusively on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, Red-necked Stints have been negatively affected by the degradation of crucial stopover sites around the Yellow Sea1. This has resulted in an upgrade of their IUCN status from least concern to near threatened in 2016.
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Written by Natalie Ambrosio © 2016 Header image: Patrick_K59 Map: Amellia Formby Eastern Curlew images: Bill Betts, Cathy Cavallo