Year of the Knots logo © Janet Essley / EAAFP
Red Knots and Great Knots are small, stocky wading birds. They use large, muddy estuaries around the coast for feeding. The population of both species has been declining at a rate of 2-2.5 % per year in recent decades, primarily as a result of habitat loss at the stopover sites.
The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) Secretariat is proposing the “Year of the Knots” to call for attention and urgent conservation actions to save these birds.
- IUCN Red List category: Near Threatened
- Food: mainly shellfish in non-breeding areas
- Breeding plumage:mottled grey on top with a cinnamon face, throat and breast and light-coloured rear belly
- Fascinating facts about Red Knots: Saving the Red Knot (The Paulson Institute)
- Red Knot (BirdLife International Data Zone)
- Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) Workplan 2015-2019
- Red Knots Are Battling Climate Change—On Both Ends of the Earth (Audubon magazine)
- Reimagining the Red Knot (Audubon magazine)
- IUCN Red List category: Endangered
- Almost the entire global population (98%) is restricted to the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.
- Food: mainly shellfish in non-breeding areas and insects on breeding grounds
- Breeding plumage: mottled greyish upperparts with some rufous feathering.
The first Knots Drawing Competition was held in 2017 to raise awareness about the Red Knot and Great Knot. Read more here.