Little Curlew

Scientific Name: Numenius minutus
Malay Name: Kendi Kerdil Asia
Chinese Name: 小杓鹬

Breeding range in northen parts of Siberia. Wintering in Australia. Passage migrant to eastern parts of Indonesia and the Philippines.


Size: 29-32 cm

A small greyish brown curlew species that resembles the larger Eurasian Whimbrel. Smaller and finer billed than its larger relatives and pale supercillium contrast sharply with black eyestripe. Underparts also more buffish. Legs and feet yellowish to bluish-grey.

Similar looking species: Eurasian Whimbrel

Habitat: Found in open fields, grasslands, barren cultivation, margins of freshwater and also on coastal mudflats during migration.

Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds mainly by picking.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: First record of an individual in a golf course at Raffies Country Club,Tuas from 25 Oct. to 2 Nov. 1997. Second record at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 19 April 1998.


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

BirdLife International. (2016). Numenius minutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.