Scientific Name: Numenius minutus
Malay Name: Kendi Kerdil Asia
Chinese Name: 小杓鹬
Range: Breeding range in northen parts of Siberia. Wintering in Australia. Passage migrant to eastern parts of Indonesia and the Philippines.
Size: 29-32 cm
Identification: 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: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
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Little Curlew Numenius minutus Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2016). Numenius minutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22693165A93388294.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.). Little Curlew. Retrieved on December 4, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/little-curlew.