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Curlew Sandpiper

(Calidris ferruginea)
Alternate name(s): "Curlew Sting", "Pygmy Curlew"
Size: 18-19 cm; wing span 42-46 cm
Weight: 35-100 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 Curlew Sandpiper at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Distant near-lateral view of a Curlew Sandpiper in what looks like (already) worn breeding plumage; based on the length of the bill, this is probably a male (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, March 2018]

NON-BREEDING

Near-lateral view of a male(?) Curlew Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of a male(?) Curlew Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Caloundra Headland, QLD, January 2018]

Lateral view of a male(?) Curlew Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of a male(?) Curlew Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of a male(?) Curlew Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage; note the rather long hind toes
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of a male(?) Curlew Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage spreading its wings (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, November 2018]

FEMALE

BREEDING

Lateral view of a Curlew Sandpiper in fresh breeding plumage; based on the length of the bill, this is probably a female
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, March 2018]

NON-BREEDING

Lateral view of a female(?) Curlew Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage
[Near Breeza, NSW, December 2013]

Female(?) Curlew Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage feeding on the edge of a farm dam
[Near Breeza, NSW, December 2013]

Sex unknown

NON-BREEDING

Lateral view of two Curlew Sandpipers in non-breeding plumage on a beach (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Caloundra Headland, QLD, January 2018]

Size comparison between a Curlew Sandpiper, left, and a Bar-tailed Godwit, right; in the background one can see two Pacific Golden Plovers and, obscured by the Bar-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Lake Chickiba, Ballina, NSW, December 2012]

Curlew Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage in flight
[Near Breeza, NSW, December 2013]

Curlew Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage in flight, seen from behind; note the white rump
[Near Breeza, NSW, December 2013]

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