Snipes, Sandpipers and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) - HBW 3, p. 503

French: Courlis corlieu German: Regenbrachvogel Spanish: Zarapito Trinador

Taxonomy: Scolopax phæopus Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • phaeopus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Iceland, Faeroes and N Scotland through Scandinavia to R Yenisey and SW Taymyr; winters from extreme SW Europe and Africa through Middle East to W India, Sri Lanka and Andaman and Nicobar Is.
  • alboaxillaris Lowe, 1921 - steppes N of Caspian Sea; winters on islands and coasts of W Indian Ocean.
  • variegatus (Scopoli, 1786) - NE Siberia, from Verkhoyansk Mts, and perhaps SE Taymyr, to basins of R Kolyma and R Anadyr; winters from E India to Taiwan, and S through Philippines and Indonesia to Australasia.
  • hudsonicus Latham, 1790 - W & N Alaska, E to W Yukon and NW Mackenzie, and also W Hudson Bay; winters from S USA to S South America.