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red knot

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Red knot (Calidris canutus) were initially named after King Canute (985-1045) the king of England, Denmark and Norway. He had learned (from his bottom worshipping courtiers) that he was 'so great, he could command the tides of the sea to go back'. This feat was performed as he sat on his throne at the water's edge when the tide came in, waves lapping around his feet. No doubt this is a reference to the preferred habitats of red knots of roosting and foraging on mud and sand flats in sheltered lagoons and bays, estuaries and coastal wetlands.

Distribution: Coastal Namibia from Luderitz to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, with the range extending northwards through the Skeleton Coast as far as the Kunene River estuary.

Diet: Pecks and probes for all they're worth in shallow mud for snails, crabs and other small bivalves.

Description: Small to medium-sized shorebirds with intricately plumage patterns. Females are slightly larger in body and decurved bill size. Calidris was first described by Aristotle as 'a grey, waterside bird' thought to be either a sandpiper or a wagtail.

Breeding: Extralimital.

Size: 24cm. Weight: 130g. Wingspan: 60cm.

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays

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