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Red Knot

(Calidris canutus)
Alternate name(s): "Knot", "Lesser Knot", "Grey-crowned Knot"
Size: 23-25 cm; wing span 57-61 cm
Weight: 90-215 g (depending on race)

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red Knot at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "rogersi"


Sex unknown


Frontal view of a Red Knot in breeding plumage, checking for aerial predators - this bird has not made the trek to the northern hemisphere, possibly because of its mangled right leg (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, June 2019]

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]


Near-frontal view of a Red Knot in transitional plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Wynnum, QLD, November 2018]

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]

Red Knot(s) in non-breeding plumage landing (note the characteristic barring on the uppertail coverts; the bird at the centre is also ringed) (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, December 2015]

Race "canutus"

Red Knots, race "canutus", were photographed by us in Europe.

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