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Curlew Sandpiper

(Actitis ferruginea)
Alternate name(s): "Curlew Sting", "Pygmy Curlew"
German name(s): "Sichelstrandläufer"

Size: 18-19 cm; wing span 42-46 cm
Weight: 35-100 g

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Curlew Sandpiper at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sex unknown


Curlew Sandpipers, front and left, roosting with other waders; click on image to also see Common Redshanks and a Common Greenshank (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montijo, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Curlew Sandpipers, the smaller birds with the white rump and down-curved bills, in flight; click on image to see more Curlew Sandpipers, together with Common Redshanks and a Common Greenshank (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montijo, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Additional information

More photos of Curlew Sandpipers were taken by us in Australia.

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