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Whimbrel

(Numenius phaeopus)
Size: 38-43 cm; wing span 75-90 cm
Weight: 310-490 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Whimbrel at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "variegatus"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Whimbrel (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Near-lateral view of a male Whimbrel (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Lateral view of a male Whimbrel (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Lateral view of a male Whimbrel near a rockshelf, where it was seen foraging
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Near-dorsal view of a male Whimbrel (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Dorsal view of a Whimbrel
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Whimbrel; note the long bill, which is about twice as long as the size of the head
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, February 2012]

Lateral view of a female(?) Whimbrel; depending on light conditions the apparent colour pattern of the plumage can change
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, April 2015]

Race "phaeopus"

Whimbrels, nominate race "phaeopus", were previously spotted and photographed by us in Oman.

Food, Diet

Although normally specialised on molluscs and crustaceans, Whimbrels have been seen by us to also take fruit (dates) in Oman.

Lateral view of a Whimbrel that has caught a mudcrab
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, March 2015]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

whimbrl_20150326.mp3 (NE NSW) Contact calls © MD
whimbrl_20150326_2.mp3 (NE NSW) Warning/departure © MD
whimbrl_20150327.mp3 (NE NSW) Warning/departure © MD
whimbrl_20150327_2.mp3 (NE NSW) ? © MD
whimbrl_20160920.mp3 (NE NSW) ? © MD
whimbrl_20160920_2.mp3 (NE NSW) ? © MD

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