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(Numenius phaeopus)
German name(s): "Regenbrachvogel"
Size: 38-43 cm; wing span 75-90 cm
Weight: 310-490 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 Whimbrel at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "phaeopus"



Near-frontal view of a male Whimbrel (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[October 2018]

Lateral view of a male Whimbrel; note the comparatively short bill and the worn plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[October 2018]


Near-frontal view of a juvenile Whimbrel - note the neat plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[October 2018]

Lateral view of a juvenile Whimbrel - note the neat plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[October 2018]

Lateral view of a juvenile Whimbrel (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[September 2016]

Whimbrels, race "phaeopus", have previously been photographed by us in Oman.

Race "variegatus"

Whimbrels, race "variegatus", have been photographed by us in Australia.

Food, Diet

Although normally specialised on molluscs and crustaceans, Whimbrels have been seen by us to also take fruit (see photos below).


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.m4a (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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