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Great Knot

(Calidris tenuirostris)
Alternate name(s): "Japanese Knot", "Stripe-crowned Knot", "Great Sandpiper"
Size: 26-28 cm; wing span 62-66 cm
Weight: 130-230 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Great Knot at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

BREEDING

Lateral view of a Red Knot in breeding plumage, front, together with a Great Knot in breeding plumage, right, a second Great Knot in non-breeding plumage, centre, and two Greater Sand Plovers in non-breeding plumage in the background
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Lateral view of a number of Great Knots in both breeding plumage (dark chest) and non-breeding plumage, together with a few Red Knots, one of which in near-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a Great Knot in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, in January 2017]

Near-lateral view of two Great Knots in non-breeding plumage, left, together with two Red Knots, also in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, July 2017]

Lateral view of Great Knots in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, in January 2017]

Large flock of Great Knots in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, January 2016]

Small flock of Great Knots with one Red Knots - the bird in front, with a bill that is as long as the size of the head
(photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, in January 2017]

Small flock of Great Knots with two Red Knots - the bird in the middle with its bill under water and the one on the far right
(photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, in January 2017]

Lateral view of a Great Knot with two green bands; click on image to see the surrounding mob of Bar-tailed Godwits
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Toorbul wader roost, Brisbane, QLD, January 2018]

Lateral view of Great Knots; click on image to see the surrounding mob of Bar-tailed Godwits (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Toorbul wader roost, Brisbane, QLD, January 2018]

Small flock of Great Knots in flight (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, in January 2017]

Small flock of Great Knots in flight (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, in January 2017]

Flock of mostly Great Knots in flight, together with a few Red Knots and two Black-tailed Godwits
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Flock of mostly Great Knots in flight, together with a few Red Knots (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, December 2015]

Great Knots coming in to land; note that the bird just below the centre is banded (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, December 2015]

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