Red Knots are remarkable migratory shorebirds known for their long-distance travel. They have a medium size with a distinctive reddish chestnut body, which is more pronounced during the breeding season and gives them their name 'Red Knot'. Their non-breeding plumage is generally grey with white undersides.
These birds possess a stout, straight beak and greenish-yellow legs. Red Knots have an incredible endurance; they can travel 9,000 miles without break from south to north during migration seasons.
They usually feed on bivalves, crustaceans and insects in mudflats along coasts or tundra habitats. The plight of the Red Knots has been highlighted due to significant declines in their population prompted by global warming and habitat loss, making them an iconic symbol for bird conservation efforts.