Great Knot

Calidris tenuirostris (Horsfield, 1821) KO 4950
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

As the name suggests, larger than the familiar Knot, and with heavy spotting on its flanks, this extremely rare visitor from Siberia normally winters in south-east Asia and Australasia. A small population overwinters in the Persian Gulf.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
409 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
409 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Great Knot is a very rare vagrant with recent records having been in summer.

Weekly occurence of Great Knot from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Great Knot, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: territ siberià
Czech: jespák velký
Danish: Storryle
Dutch: Grote Kanoet
Estonian: hiidrisla
Finnish: vuorisirri
French: Bécasseau de l’Anadyr
German: Großer Knutt
Hungarian: nagy partfutó
Icelandic: Grátíta
Italian: Piovanello gigante
Latvian: garknabja šnibitis
Lithuanian: laibasnapis begikas
Norwegian: Sibirsnipe
Polish: biegus wielki
Portuguese: seixoeira-grande
Slovak: pobrežník tenkozobý
Slovenian: tenkokljuni prodnik
Spanish: Correlimos grande
Swedish: kolymasnäppa

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