Scientific Name: Numenius madagascariensis
Malay Name: Kendi Besar Timur
Chinese Name: 大杓鹬
Breeding Range: East and South-east Siberia, North-east China. Wintering mainly in Australia.
Size: 60-66 cm
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.
Similar looking species: Eurasian Curlew
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: Very rare vagrant
Conservation Status: Endangered (BirdLife International 2017)
Location: Single bird at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (3 Nov 2007), and single bird at Punggol (Jan 1989).
BirdLife International. (2017). Numenius madagascariensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.