Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) - HBW 3, p. 504
French: Courlis cendré
German: Großer Brachvogel
Spanish: Zarapito Real
Other common names: Common Curlew
Taxonomy: Scolopax Arquata Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Racial variation clinal; W populations of orientalis have on occasion been separated as race sushkini. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- arquata (Linnaeus, 1758) - British Is and France across W Europe (N to Arctic Circle) and E to R Volga and Urals; winters from Iceland and British Is S to Mediterranean and NW Africa, and E to Persian Gulf and W India.
- orientalis C. L. Brehm, 1831 - R Volga and Urals E through C Russia and N Kazakhstan to C Manchuria; winters in W, E & S Africa, and from S Caspian Sea S to Persian Gulf and E through S Asia to E China and S Japan, and S to Philippines and Greater Sundas.
- Near Threatened Enlarge map
VideosSee all 42 videos
Foraging on mudflat Locality Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Bob Thompson 22 January 2012 41 weeks ago 8 min 42 sec 4.8
Near Dülmen - Merfeld an adult Bird calling. Locality Merfelder Bruch, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Christian Wiesmann 26 March 2012 23 weeks ago 1 min 40 sec 4.7
A bird feeding at the seashore Locality Santoña Marsh Natural Reserve, Santoña, Cantabria, Spain
Javier Ortas 11 December 2007 4 years ago 31 sec 4.7
Foraging on mudbank Locality Hong Kong Wetland Park, Hong Kong
Bob Thompson 13 February 2007 40 weeks ago 2 min 35 sec 4.5
A bird feeding on the grassland (hare feeding in the background ). Locality East Flanders Province, Belgium
Jeremiusz Trzaska 29 December 2011 1 year ago 32 sec 4.5
An adult individual calling, then taking flight, flying upward, and landing with another call Locality Burgenland State, Austria (ssp arquata)
Malcolm Mark Swan 25 May 2006 5 years ago 40 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 40 photos
migrating bird resting on lake
Locality Zagreb County, Croatia (ssp arquata)
spiljar 29 September 2011 22 weeks ago 4.5
Two heads better than one
Locality Al Wakrah Beach, Al Wakrah, Qatar
John A Thompson 16 May 2011 1 year ago 4.5
King of meadows.
Locality Biebrza Marshes, Podlaskie Province, Poland
Paweł Wacławik 3 May 2009 12 weeks ago 4.4
It is a winter visitor of Hong Kong. It was found at Mai Po mud flat in huge flock.
Locality Mai Po Marshes Nature Reserve, Hong Kong
Pikhar_Ho 27 January 2011 2 years ago 4.3
Curlew "on the rocks"
Locality Zeeland Province, Netherlands
Rob Belterman 10 February 2012 1 year ago 4.3
Two individuals feed and drink under date trees along road
Locality Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates
ahmet karataş 22 January 2012 1 year ago 4.2
Perhaps alarm call Locality Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 February 1995 3 years ago 3
Calls of a few birds taking flight from salt marsh Locality Terrington Marsh, Norfolk, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 3 years ago 3
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A bird calling in flight (use headphones) Locality Gressholmen Island, Oslo Fjord, Oslo & Akershus, Norway
Eric Roualet 30 April 2011 11 weeks ago 0