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Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
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Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Adult male Long-billed Curlew (long, curved bill)

General Description: Long-billed Curlews (Numenius americanus) are large shorebirds with an extremely long, decurved bill and an overall buffy color. In flight, shows cinnamon wing linings. The head has a bit of striping, but very little compared with Whimbrel, with which is could be confused.

Sexes similar except for bill shape. In females, the bill is relatively straight until it dips at the tip; whereas the bill of the male is a more even curve.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Scolopacinae.

Favored Habitat: Prairies, grasslands, and freshly cut farm fields during the breeding season (where they eat a lots of earthworms); coastal marshes, mudflats, and beaches during winter (where they eat a lot of crabs, sand crabs, and shrimp).

Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
A field-full of curlews

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, look for this species during migration at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, the Pahranagat Valley, and the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: Long-billed Curlews are the largest shorebird in North America.

Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) If you were a tasty little sand crab or an earthworm deep in the muck, this might be the last face you ever see!
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Female Long-billed Curlew (straight bill curved at tip)
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Juvenile male Long-billed Curlew (short, curved bill)
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Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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