Eurasian Curlew

Scientific Name: Numenius arquata
Malay Name: Kendi Besar Biasa
Chinese Name: 白腰杓鹬

Found from Siberia to Mongolia and northeast China with some populations winter south to Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: arquata, orientalis, suschkini

Local Subspecies: orientalis

Size: 50-60 cm

Identification: Adult resembles Whimbrel but is larger and has longer and gently down-curved bill and more uniform head with indistinct supercilium. Juvenile resembles adult but is smaller and has more buffish breast.

Similar looking species: Far Eastern Curlew, Whimbrel

Habitat: Mudflats, sandflats and coastal wetlands.


Local Status: Rare migrant

Location: Sungei Buloh, Tuas, Changi, Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong.



External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia