Scientific Name: Numenius arquata
Malay Name: Kendi Besar Biasa
Chinese Name: 白腰杓鹬
Range: 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
Taxonomy: 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: Eurasian Whimbrel, Far Eastern Curlew
Habitat: Mudflats, sandflats and coastal wetlands.
Local Status: Very rare migrant
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2017)
- Bird List Revision for May 2019 (Revisions)
Featured reports: Oct 2022
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Eurasian Curlew)
BirdLife International. (2017). Numenius arquata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T22693190A117917038.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Eurasian Curlew. Retrieved on May 31, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/eurasian-curlew.