Little Curlew

Little Curlew

The little curlew is a wader in the large bird family Scolopacidae. It is a very small curlew, which breeds in the far north of Siberia. It is closely related to the North American Eskimo curlew.

The word “curlew” is imitative of the Eurasian curlew’s call, but may have been influenced by the Old French corliu, “messenger”, from courir, “to run”.

Body length 32 cm. Iris brown. The mouth is long and slightly curved, with a pink base and a dark brown end. Feet grey-blue.

Male and female are similar. Head to neck pale yellowish brown, with long black longitudinal stripes. There is a light brown crown pattern in the center of the head, and the crown pattern on both sides is dark brown. The eyebrow line is milky white, and the eyeliner is dark brown.

The back is dark brown, the feather margins are light yellowish brown or yellowish white, and the tail feathers and tail coverts are densely covered with dark brown horizontal stripes.

The front neck and chest are light yellow-brown, with slender black-brown vertical stripes, the flank is white, with black-brown horizontal stripes, and the throat, abdomen, and tail coverts are white.

Breeds in Northeast Asia. Migrate to Indonesia and Australia in winter. On the way through southeastern China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other places.

Video Source: 小杓鷸/Little Curlew from Chuenguey Hwang on Youtube  CC BY

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