Red Knot (islandica subspecies)

Red Knot islandica subspecies - credit: Jennie Rausch
Red Knot - islandica subspecies
Calidris canutus islandica
NWT List of Species at Risk: 
Not applicable
NWT SARC Assessment: 
Not applicable
Federal Species at Risk Act list: 
Special Concern
COSEWIC Assessment: 
Not at risk
NWT General Status Rank: 
At Risk

The Red Knot is a medium-sized shorebird with a small head, straight black bill (tapering from thick base to thinner tip) and long tapered wings, giving an elongated streamlined profile to the body. Red Knots in breeding plumage have a red face, breast and belly. The islandica Red Knots have more vivid breeding colours than the rufa subspecies of Red Knot.

Weight: 135 g (5 oz). Length: 23 to 25 cm (9 to 10 in).

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