Calidris tenuirostris (Great knot) 

Grootknoet [Afrikaans]; Grote kanoetstrandloper, [Dutch]; Bécasseau de l'Anadyr [French]; Großer knutt [German]; Gallinago media (Great snipe) Dubbelsnip [Afrikaans]; Poelsnip [Dutch]; Bécassine double [French]; Doppelschnepfe [German]; Narceja-real [Portuguese]

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Calidris tenuirostris (Great knot)  Calidris tenuirostris (Great knot) 

Great knot in non-breeding plumage, Queensland, Australia. [photo Ryan Shaw ©]

Great knot in breeding plumage, Olango Bird Sanctuary, Philippines. [photo Luis V. Limchiu ©]

Distribution and habitat

Breeds in north-eastern Siberia, heading south in the non-breeding season to the area between Australasia and Pakistan, while a vagrant to Europe, North Africa and southern Africa. Here it an individual was present at the coastal mudflats of Langebaan Lagoon, Western Cape in four consecutive summers from 2000-2003.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 



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