Eurasian Curlew

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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

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, Eurasian Whimbrel

Habitat: Mudflats, sandflats and coastal wetlands.


Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2017)


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 (Eurasian Curlew)

BirdLife International. (2017). Numenius arquata. 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.