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Whimbrel

(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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Sightings

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Photos

Race "phaeopus"

ADULT

MALE

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

Near-lateral view of a male Whimbrel; note the comparatively short bill (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Alges, Lisbon, Portugal, April 2017]

Near-lateral view of a male Whimbrel (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Alges, Lisbon, Portugal, April 2017]

Near-lateral view of a male Whimbrel issuing its call (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Alges, Lisbon, Portugal, April 2017]

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

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Whimbrel; note the comparatively long bill (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, April 2018]

Lateral view of a female Whimbrel (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, March 2017]

Lateral view of a female Whimbrel (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, April 2018]

Lateral view of a female Whimbrel (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, April 2018]

Whimbrels taking walking with the surf; female on the right (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Dafundo, Oeiras, Lisbon, Portugal, March 2018]

Sex unknown

Near-dorsal view of a Whimbrel (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, March 2017]

Dorsal view of a Whimbrel (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, March 2017]

Small flock of Whimbrels walking towards the observer (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Dafundo, Oeiras, Lisbon, Portugal, April 2018]

Small flock of Whimbrels collectively taking a bath (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Dafundo, Oeiras, Lisbon, Portugal, April 2018]

Lateral view of a Whimbrel at take-off (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, April 2018]

Flock of Whimbrels taking off from a beach (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Dafundo, Oeiras, Lisbon, Portugal, March 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Whimbrel in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, April 2018]

Near-dorsal view of three Whimbrels in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sado River, Setubal, near Lisbon, Portugal, April 2018]

Dorsal view of a Whimbrel in flight, with a clear view of the "white wedge" from rump to back (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo River, Montijo, Evora, Portugal, April 2019]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

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.

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_2.m4a (NE NSW) Warning/departure © MD
whimbrl_20150327.m4a (NE NSW) ? © MD
whimbrl_20150327_2.mp3 (NE NSW) ? © MD
whimbrl_20150326.m4a (NE NSW) ? © MD
whimbrl_20160920.mp3 (NE NSW) ? © MD
whimbrl_20160920_2.mp3 (NE NSW) ? © MD

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