Scientific Name: Numenius madagascariensis
Malay Name: Kendi Besar Timur
Chinese Name: 大杓鹬
Range: Breeding Range: East and South-east Siberia, North-east China. Wintering mainly in Australia.
Size: 60-66 cm
Identification: A large wader similar to the Eurasian Curlew, but larger and longer billed and appears more uniform with browner/buffier underparts. In flight shows uniform light brown back and rump and heavily marked underwings.
Habitat: Mudflats and sandflats.
Behaviour/Ecology: Generally congregates in large flocks to migrate or roost but may feed alone. Feeds mainly by probing for invertebrates from deep burrows.
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Endangered (BirdLife International 2017)
- Bird List Revision for May 2019 (Revisions)
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Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2017). Numenius madagascariensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T22693199A118601473.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Far Eastern Curlew. Retrieved on November 30, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/far-eastern-curlew.