Red Knot Images and Information:
- Red Knots are large sandpipers with short bills, legs and necks, they are plain grayish brown in nonbreeding plumage and rufous colored in breeding plumage.
- Red Knots make the longest migration of any bird from their breeding grounds in the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego in southern South America, about 9300 miles.
- During the breeding season Red Knots seek dry tundra areas including hillsides. During migration and winter they prefer coastal inlets, estuaries, tidal lagoons and pools and the edges of saltwater marshes.
- The diet of Red Knots includes crustaceans, snails, small bivalves and terrestrial invertebrates.
- Red Knots lay 3 to 4 eggs which hatch in 21 to 23 days. Both sexes incubate and are monogamous.
- Red Knots form large flocks during migration.
- A group of Red Knots can be called a “fling, “cluster” or “tangle” of knots.
- The oldest known Red Knot was nearly 16 years old.