Medium sized shorebird with a straight, slender bill and a heavily streaked head and neck. Non breeding plumage in Australia; pale to chestnut head, neck and upper breast. White underparts.
In breeding plumage they have a black band across the chest, and black, white and reddish speckles on the upperparts (Great Knots breed in Siberia).
A medium-sized shorebird
Usually silent, however said to call in a double whistle.
When in Australia they can been seen feeding on bivalve molluscs, snails, worms and other crustaceans.
Great Knots do not breed in Australia, instead nest in Siberia during the northern summer. They are a regular summer migrant to Australia.