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Little Curlew

(Numenius minutus)
Alternate name(s): "Pygmy Curlew", "Little Whimbrel"
Size: 28-36 cm; wing span 65-75 cm
Weight: 120-210 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Little Curlew at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a Little Curlew (left) and with its head turned (right), in non-breeding plumage
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

Lateral view of a Little Curlew in non-breeding plumage
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

Dorsal view of the same Little Curlew as shown above
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

Little Curlew in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of R. Druce)
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

Here a size comparison with a Masked Lapwing (photo courtesy of R. Druce)
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

Food, Diet

Little Curlews feed on small invertebrates that they dig out of mud.

Little Curlew in non-breeding plumage feeding in a mudflat
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

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