Beak of the Week: Red Knot

Red Knot

What this little bird lacks in color, it sure makes up for in stamina! The Red Knot has one of the longest yearly migrations of any species—up to 9,300 miles—flying from the northern tundra to Tierra del Fuego on the southern tip of South America. Keep reading to learn more about this marvelous bird…

Common Name: Red Knot; Knot

Latin Name: Calidris canutus

Range: Very wide range, including coastal areas of North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Habitat: Summers in the Arctic Tundra. Winters in tropical or temperate coastal areas around the world.

Diet: Mostly marine invertebrates, mollusks, and crustaceans.

Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Red Knots in flight

Red Knots depend on several critical factors and natural relationships to complete their migratory journeys successfully. Click here to watch a well-made documentary about the magnificent trek of the Red Knot.


Happy Birding!

Danielle + Michelle



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