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Eurasian Curlew

(Numenius arquata)
Size: 50-60 cm; wing span 0.8-1.0 m
Weight: 410-1360 g


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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Curlew at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Race "orientalis"



Lateral view of a Eurasian Curlew; the length of the bill may indicate that this is a female
[Batinah region, May 2010]

Lateral view of a Eurasian Curlew, now seen together with Eurasian Pied Oystercatchers
[Batinah region, May 2010]


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.

curlew_dw_20200604.m4a (Poland) Contact calls(?) © DW
curlew_jp_20200720.m4a (Portugal) Contact calls? (Q&A) © JP
curlew_jp_20200314.m4a (Portugal) ? © JP

More Eurasian Curlew sound recordings are available at .

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