Eurasian Curlew

Eurasian CurlewEurasian Curlew - Bill Black

Where and when to see: Best seen at Clonque Bay during migration, September to November

Latin name: Numenius arquata

The Curlew is the largest European wading bird at 48-57cm long and with a wingspan of 89-106cm. It appears brown-grey in colour with uniform dark streaks over its entire body. When seen in flight the wing tips are noticeably darker and their rump is white which points up along the back. Their most remarkable feature is their 9-15cm long beak that curves downwards to dig for worms, shellfish and shrimp.

Status in Alderney: Common Migrant

Status in UK (RSPB Criteria): Amber

Worldwide Status (IUCN Red List and Population Trend): Near Threatened; Decreasing