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Great Knot

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Photo © by Tom TarrantSouth-eastern Queensland, September 2002
Photo © by Tom Tarrant
South-eastern Queensland, September 2002
Calidris tenuirostris


[edit] Identification

24-27cm (9½-10½ in)
Breeding Adult

  • Brown upperparts
  • Whitish belly
  • Breast heavily streaked with black
  • Orange spots on scapulars
Non-breeding plumagePhoto © by colonelborisCairns Esplanade, Queensland, October 2010
Non-breeding plumage
Photo © by colonelboris
Cairns Esplanade, Queensland, October 2010

[edit] Distribution

Breeds north-eastern Siberia
Winters to India, South-East Asia, Philippines and Australia

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Sheltered coastal mudflats of estuaries, inlets, harbours, lagoons, mangrove swamps. Also on sandy bars & beaches near mudflats and fresh water marsh, and salt pans.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Adult moulting to non-breeding plumagePhoto © by SeeTohSeletar Dam, Singapore, Augus 2016
Adult moulting to non-breeding plumage
Photo © by SeeToh
Seletar Dam, Singapore, Augus 2016

During the breeding season their diet consists mosty of berries and other plant material.

[edit] Breeding


[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6

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