Red Knot Identification

Adult Description

  • Large, bulky sandpiper.
  • Relatively short, straight bill tapering to tip.
  • Legs short and thick.
  • Head and breast reddish in breeding plumage, gray the rest of the year.

Female Description

In breeding plumage female has light-colored feathers amongst the belly feathers and less distinct eyeline. Sexes appear similar in winter. Female has slightly longer wings and bill.

Immature Description

Similar to adult winter plumage, but gray back feathers outlined in white and black, giving a scaly appearance.
Relative Size

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  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 9.1-9.8 in (23-25 cm)
    • Weight: 4.8 oz (135 g)
    • Wingspan: 20.5-22.1 in (52-56 cm)