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Whimbrel

(Numenius phaeopus)
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

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "phaeopus"

ADULT

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female(?) Whimbrel making the rounds of a pond
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

This Whimbrel was often seen by us wading just inside the water
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Whimbrel venturing a bit deeper into a pond
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Dorsal view of a Whimbrel
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Race "variegatus"

Whimbrels, race "variegatus", have also 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).

Sometimes a Whimbrel going further "inland" can win a prize
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

This Whimbrel obviously liked the taste of dates
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

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.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
whimbrl_20160921.m4a (NE NSW) Various (early morning) © MD

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