Far Eastern Curlew
The Far Eastern Curlew is the largest shorebird in the world. Only found in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, it weighs in at around 1.2 kilograms.
The bill length of the Far Eastern Curlew can help to tell it apart from other shorebirds. Unlike a Whimbrel, its curved beak is so long that if it turned its head around, it could touch its tail.
Far-eastern Curlews are also seen on occassion with vagrant Eurasian Curlews. To verify the latter, look for the white rump and tail easily seen during flight.
Whimbrel | Eurasian Curlew
Far Eastern Curlew in flight by William Betts © 2017. Used with permission.
Far Eastern Curlew by Dan Weller © 2017. Used with permission.
Whimbrel by Dan Weller © 2017. Used with permission.
Eurasian Curlew in Flight from Puthuvype Beach, Kochi, Kerala by Aniaravind [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Eastern Curlew by Dan Weller © 2017. Used with permission.
Distribution map of breeding & non-breeding grounds of the Far Eastern Curlew by Milly Formby © 2017.
Far Eastern Curlew, Cairns, Australia by Francesco Veronesi via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]
Content written by Cathy Cavallo & Amellia Formby for Wing Threads © 2017.