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Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)


The Curlew has a length of 55 cm and can weigh between 575-800 g for males, and 675-950 g for females. Has a distinctively long, decurved bill. Curlews’ are large and brown bird with pale brown back contrasts with dark wingtips. Curlews’ can be found to nest close to Kestrel’s nests, as they offer protection from other predators, despite them also predating on Curlew nests.


The Curlew live in moorland, marshes, occas and water-meadows in the summer, and move to mainly coastal mudflats and estuaries in the winter.


The Curlew can feed on a wide range of invertebrates.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

Interesting facts

The scientific name of Curlew, Numeniusis from Ancient Greek νουμήνιος, noumēnios, which is associated with the Curlew derived from neos as ‘new’ and mene ‘moon’, referring to the crescent-shaped bill.

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