Red Knot

This species is defined as a Review Species . Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page .

Scientific Name: Calidris canutus

Malay Name: Kedidi-Dian Kecil

Chinese Name: 红腹滨鹬

Range: Found from Siberia, northern Europe to northern North America, wintering along the coasts of southern and western Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: canutus, piersmai, rogersi, roselaari, rufa, islandica.

Size: 23-25 cm

Identification: Non-breeding adult resembles Great Knot but smaller and more compact with relatively larger head and shorter neck, more distinct dark loral stripe, better defined supercilium and has no black spots at underparts but faint V-shaped flank markings. Adult in breeding plumage has deep reddish-chestnut face and underparts. Juvenile resembles non-breeding adult but upperparts buffier with scaly patterns.

Similar looking species: Great Knot

Habitat: Mudflats and sandflats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Probes and picks for food.

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2018)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Red Knot Calidris canutus
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak weeks Apr 02-Apr 08, Sep 03-Sep 09
Early date 06 Sep 2021
Late date 02 Apr 2022
After 24 years without a record in Singapore, two sightings were reported during the 2021-22 season. Will we see more this season?


BirdLife International. (2018). Calidris canutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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