(Numenius arquata)

Alert Status: Red – 38% decline


Identifying Features: The curlew is a wader with a distinctive long, slender, curved beak.  Usually a greyish brown with a blue tone to their grey legs. Its call is a loud "curloo-oo". 
Average Length: 50-60 cm
Average Lifespan: 11 years
Average Wingspan: 89-106 cm


Natural: Mainly on mud or very soft ground, using curved beak to search for worms and other invertebrates, sometimes crabs 


Nesting: a bare scrape on open ground


Where to see: Should be seen on wetlands, moorlands and mudflats throughout UK, but populations are very low.

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XC438344 - Eurasian Curlew - Numenius ar
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