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Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)


The Whimbrel is a fairly large wader, growing up to 47 cm in length and weighing up to 493g on an average. It is mainly greyish brown, with a white back and rump along with a long curved bill (longest in the adult females). The usual call is a rippling whistle, prolonged into a trill for a song.


The Whimbrel is a migratory species that nests in the bare scrape of the tundra or arctic moorland but prefers the coastline or saltmarshes in more temperate climates.


This species feeds by probing soft mud for small invertebrates and by picking small crabs. Before migration, berries become an important part of their diet.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List


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