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Little Curlew Numenius minutus
2013-04-23 22:54:51

The Little Curlew (Numenius minutus) is a wader belonging to the large bird family Scolopacidae. It’s a very small curlew, which breeds in the far northern parts of Siberia. It’s closely related to the North American Eskimo Curlew. This is a strongly migratory species, spending its winters in Australasia. It is a rare vagrant to the western part of Europe. This bird breeds in loosely...

Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis
2012-12-28 13:14:44

This is a large shorebird that looks most similar to the Long-billed Curlew, except that it is a little bit bigger. Its coloring is mostly brown and its differentiated by other curlews by its plain, non-patterned brown underwing. It has an unusually long bill that is slightly curved downward; the female’s bill is usually longer than the male’s bill. Both sexes have similar feather colors,...

Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
2012-04-03 14:06:48

The Eurasian Curlew, (Numenius arquata), is a species of wading bird in the Scolopacidae family. It is one of the most widespread species of curlews, breeding across much of temperate Europe and Asia. This bird is commonly known as just “the Curlew” in Europe, and “the whaup” in Scotland. The Eurasian Curlew is migratory over most of its range, wintering in Africa, southern Europe...

Bristle-thighed Curlew Numenius tahitiensis
2012-04-02 19:48:35

The Bristle-thighed Curlew, (Numenius tahitiensis), is a species of bird found in Alaska during the breeding season, and throughout the tropical Pacific islands in the winter, including Micronesia, Fiji, Tuvalu, Tonga, Hawaiian Islands, Samoa, and French Polynesia. There is some concern over human encroachment and introduced predators in this bird’s wintering habitat. This bird is a rare...

Beach Stone-curlew
2009-02-21 20:30:52

The Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus giganteus) also known as the Beach Thick-knee, is a species of bird found in Australia and the islands of South-east Asia. It is a resident of undisturbed open beaches, exposed reefs, mangroves, and tidal sand flats. Its large range includes coastal eastern Australia as far south as far eastern Victoria, the northern Australian coast and nearby islands, New...

Eskimo Curlew Northern Curlew
2007-10-24 16:22:33

The Eskimo Curlew or Northern Curlew (Numenius borealis), is a medium-sized New World shorebird and is thought to be extinct. At one time, the Eskimo Curlew may have been one of the most numerous shorebirds in North America with a population in the millions. As many as 2 million birds per year were killed near the end of the 19th century. The last confirmed sightings were on Galveston Island,...

Long-billed Curlew
2005-06-08 11:06:57

The Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) is a very large shorebird with a long bill curved downwards, a long neck and a small head. The head, neck and underparts are light brown. The back is dark brown. They show cinnamon wing linings in flight. They breed in the grasslands of central western North America. Their nests are located on the ground in open prairie. The female usually lays 4...

Whimbrel
2009-03-28 15:50:42

The Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is a species of wading bird found across most of sub-Arctic North America, Europe and Asia as far south as Scotland. In the British Isles it breeds in Scotland, particularly around Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides as well as the mainland at Sutherland and Caithness. It is a migratory species and winters on the coasts of Africa, South America, south Asia,...

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