The Whimbrel is a medium-sized curlew, streaked brown, with dark streaks along the top of head. The bill is long and curved downward.
tidal and estuarine mudflats, especially near mangroves, beaches and rocky shores
worms, crustaceans, fish
breed in the Arctic Circle
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.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
Relatives in same Genus
Eastern Curlew (N. madagascariensis)
Little Curlew (N. minutus)