Curlew Sandpiper

Scientific Name: Calidris ferruginea
Malay Name: Kedidi Paruh Lengkuk
Chinese Name: 弯嘴滨鹬

Breeds Arctic Siberia; winters to sub-Saharan Africa east to southeast Asia.


Size: 19-21.5 cm

Medium-sized sandpiper with long, downcurved bill. In non-breeding plumage, shows clear contrasting white supercilium (unlike Dunlin, which has a weak or indistinct supercilium). See Broad-billed Sandpiper for differences. In breeding plumage, head, neck, and underparts mostly rufous; upperparts washed with gray and rufous tones. Birds in early migratory season (July-August) often display patches of rufous on breast and upper belly.

Similar looking species: Broad-billed Sandpiper

Habitat: Mudflats, sandflats, and brackish lagoons.

Behaviour/Ecology: Picks prey from surface of mud, occasionally probing.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2017)

Location: Sightings over the last 10 years were reported from Chek Jawa, Sungei Buloh, Mandai Mudflats, and Pulau Tekong.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Curlew Sandpiper)

BirdLife International. (2017). Calidris ferruginea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.