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  Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)





Great Knot | Calidris tenuirostris photo
Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) Scarborough, SE Queensland, Australia

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GREAT KNOT FACTS

Description
The Great Knot is a medium sized shorebird and is the largest species in the Calidris genus. It has dark legs and thin dark bill. The winter plumage is grey above. Breeding adults have mottled greyish plumage above with some reddish markings. It is similar to the red knot but lacks the reddish colour on head and breast.

Size
30 cm

Habitat
mudflats, sand flats, estuaries, bays

Food
mollusks, insects and other invertebrates

Range
The Great Knot can be found around coastal areas of Australia during the southern summer. They breed in the northern hemisphere in Siberia

distribution map showing range of Calidris tenuirostris in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Scolopacidae
Genus:Calidris
Species:tenuirostris
Common Name:Great Knot

Relatives in same Genus
  Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (C. acuminata)
  Sanderling (C. alba)
  Dunlin (C. alpina)
  Baird's Sandpiper (C. bairdii)
  Red Knot (C. canutus)
  Curlew Sandpiper (C. ferruginea)
  White-rumped Sandpiper (C. fuscicollis)
  Pectoral Sandpiper (C. melanotos)
  Little Stint (C. minuta)
  Long-toed Stint (C. subminuta)