Far Eastern Curlew

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).


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

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.