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.
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)
- Bird List Revision for May 2019 (Revisions)
Past accepted records in our database:
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
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.