PORT PHILLIP BAY


Great Knot 

Calidris tenuirostris

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Scolopacidae
Genus:
Calidris
Species:
tenuirostris

General Description

Upper body mottled light grey, underparts white. White marking across base of tail. Curved white stripe above the eye. Bill narrow and black. When breeding: upperparts red-brown and black, underparts white with black spots at the side and on the breast. Body up to 28 cm long.

Biology

Great Knots migrate from the northern hemisphere where they breed, to Victoria in summer. They arrive in late October and depart in February.

Habitat

Intertidal mudflats.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Worldwide.

Species Group

Birds Sandpipers and curlews

Max Size

28 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Endangered
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Vulnerable

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Great Knot, Calidris tenuirostris, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7936

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