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  Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)





Whimbrel | Numenius phaeopus photo
Whimbrel

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Whimbrel | Numenius phaeopus photo
on shore of Moreton Bay at Sandgate, Brisbane

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Whimbrel | Numenius phaeopus photo
Whimbrel

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WHIMBREL FACTS

Description
The Whimbrel is a medium-sized curlew, streaked brown, with dark streaks along the top of head. The bill is long and curved downward.

Size
43cm

Habitat
tidal and estuarine mudflats, especially near mangroves, beaches and rocky shores

Food
worms, crustaceans, fish

Breeding
breed in the Arctic Circle

Range
Common across northern Australia. They breed in the northern hemisphere in northern Europe and Siberia above the Arctic circle. They arrive in Australia around September, and leaving in April.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Scolopacidae
Genus:Numenius
Species:phaeopus
Common Name:Whimbrel

Relatives in same Genus
  Eastern Curlew (N. madagascariensis)
  Little Curlew (N. minutus)