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Red Knot Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Calidris canutus
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Charadriiformes
  • Range

    The red knot breeds near the North Pole, but winters worldwide.

  • Habitat

    The red knot can mostly be found on sandy beaches and shallow wetlands.

  • Niche

    The red knot has one of the longest migrations of any bird. Every year it travels more than 9,000 miles from the Arctic to the southern tip of South America.

  • Life History

    The red knot builds it nests in a depression on the ground, cushioning its eggs with a layer of leaves and grasses. The female typically lays four eggs. Chicks leave the nest immediately after hatching, feeding themselves from the start.

  • Special Adaptations

    Long, thin legs help the red knot to easily wade through the water.

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