Name: Curlew

Scientific name: Numenius arquata

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A very large, tall wader about 50cm long, about the same size as a female Pheasant. Streaky greyish brown, with long bluey-grey legs and a very long, downwards curved bill, greyish with pink at the base. When they fly, Curlew have a white wedge on the rum

How to identify: Told from the smaller Whimbrel by the longer bill and plain head pattern. The call is a loud, sad 'Cur-lee'.

Where: A fairly common breeding bird of wet grasslands and moorlands in northern England, Wales and Scotland. Common on migration at wetlands throughout the country. Winters around the coast.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 40
  • Agility: 50
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 80

Fantastic fact: An old country name is the Whaup or Great Whaup.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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  • Kelpyicca
    • Date: 2016-09-18 13:37:26
    • Kelpyicca

    I like the way they fly and get beasties!!!

  • Kelpyicca
    • Date: 2016-09-18 13:27:45
    • Kelpyicca

    I like the way they fly and get beasties!!!

  • Ottero
    • Date: 2010-04-27 22:38:45
    • Ottero

    I really like curlews and the way their bill curves.