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Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
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Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

General Description: Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) are large shorebirds with long legs and a long, decurved bill. They are mottled brown over all, except they have a bit of red cap, a white eyebrow line, and a dark eyeline. The red cap is split by a light crown stripe.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Scolopacinae.

Favored Habitat: Mud flats and salt marshes.

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

Where to Find: Don't look for Whimbrels around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them on the coast during winter. However, it is always worth keeping an eye out for this species during migration at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, the Pahranagat Valley, and the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: Breeds in the high arctic; winters along coasts as far south as southern tip of South America.

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) If you were a tasty sandcrab or a little sand worm, this might be the last face you ever see!
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Whimbrels foraging on the foggy coast of southern Oregon
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Whimbrel with sand crab: their main food source during winter
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Whimbrel in the Galapagos Islands
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Whimbrel on the foggy coast of southern Oregon
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Whimbrel in the Galapagos Islands
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Whimbrel in the Galapagos Islands with a grasshopper
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Whimbrel in the Galapagos Islands with a grasshopper
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Whimbrel feeding; Dunedin, Florida
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Whimbrel and friends; Dunedin, Florida
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Whimbrel at sunset; Dunedin, Florida
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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