Red Knot

Scientific Name: Calidris canutus
Malay Name: Kedidi-Dian Kecil
Chinese Name: 红腹滨鹬

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

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

Size: 23-25 cm

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: Very rare migrant

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2018)

Location: Last sighted at Sungei Buloh on 23 and 29 November and 7 December 1997.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2018). Calidris canutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.