1070. Tringa minutilla

1070. AMERICAN STINT.
TRINGA MINUTILLA.
Tringa minutilla, Vieill. Nouv. Dict, xxxiv. p. 466 (1819) ; Dresser, viii. p. 51, pl. 552, figs. 2, 3 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 548 ; Ridgway, p. 158 ; Saunders, p. 587 ; Lilford, v. p. 90, pl. 37 ; Poynting, p. 155, pl. 34.
Male ad. (N. America). Differs from T. minuta in being smaller, in having the upper parts blacker, less marked with rufous, the hind neck more ashy ; rump and upper tail-coverts brownish black, the outermost feathers of the latter partly white ; the first quill only with the shaft white ; greater wing-coverts margined with whitish ; throat white ; fore neck and chest ashy, streaked with brown ; rest of under parts white ; bill blackish brown ; legs yellowish brown ; iris dark brown. Cul¬men 0.75, wing 3.35, tail 1.5, tarsus 0.72, middle toe and claw 0.75 inch. Sexes alike. In winter the upper parts are dull ashy grey, streaked with brownish, the breast greyish, with indistinct darker streaks, the rest of the under parts white.
Hab. Arctic and subarctic America in summer, migrating south for the winter to South America ; of accidental occurrence in the south-west of England, where it has been thrice obtained.
In habits and food it does not differ from its European con¬geners, and frequents also similar localities. It breeds in Arctic America and as far south as Labrador, the nest being a mere depression in the ground, lined with a few dried leaves and grass-bents, and the 4 eggs, which are laid late in June or early in July, vary in ground-colour from light drab to pale brownish, and the markings are sepia-brown or chestnut-brown, and are, as a rule, more numerous at the larger end. In size they measure about 1.10 by 0.81.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1070. Tringa minutilla
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1070
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
772
Common name: 
American Stint
M_ID: 
4336
M_CN: 
Little Stint
M_SN: 
Calidris minuta
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
9969

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