Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Curlew are a very large wader, with long legs and a long down-curved bill. They have a brown, streaky plumage.

Birds will breed in North and West UK, moving to the South in winter. Many European birds will migrate to the UK in the winter. During the winter months they can be found along the coast, particularly estuaries, mudflats and adjacent fields.

Call is a loud courlee and their song is long bubbling trill.

Interesting Fact: The Curlews call is so distinctive it is mentioned in the lyrics of “Light from the Mountain” composed by Australian composer S. Nelson in 1872.

Curlew are on the Red List for Birds of Conservation Concern.


Curlew (Numenius arquata)

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