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Long-billed Curlew

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-[[Image:Long-billed_Curlew.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by stejon]]+[[Image:Long-billed_Curlew.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by stejon <br/>Location Florida ]]
==Identification== ==Identification==
-Location Florida+19 inches. Brown rump and barred tail. Cinnamon wing linings. White eyering, dusky eyeline. Sexes similar. Very long, decurved bill. Pale buff head and neck faintly streaked with darker brown. Buff brown underparts with sparse dark streaking on flanks. Dark back with pale edges and notches to feathers. Dark brown outer wing contrasts with paler inner wing in flight.
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-Length: 19 inches. Very large, long-necked, small-headed shorebird. Brownish rump and barred tail. Cinnamon wing linings. White eyering, dusky eyeline. Sexes similar. Adult: Very long, decurved bill. Pale buff head and neck faintly streaked with darker brown. Buff brown underparts with sparse dark streaking on flanks. Dark back with pale edges and notches to feathers. Dark brown outer wing contrasts with paler inner wing in flight.+
Juvenile: Much shorter bill, often with less downward curve. Juvenile: Much shorter bill, often with less downward curve.
==Distribution== ==Distribution==
-West-central North America. They are short-distance bird migrants and winter along coasts in the southern United States south to Mexico.+[[North America]].
==Taxonomy== ==Taxonomy==
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==Behaviour== ==Behaviour==
Nests are located on the ground in open prairie. The female usually lays 4 eggs. Both parents look after the young. Nests are located on the ground in open prairie. The female usually lays 4 eggs. Both parents look after the young.
-These birds forage in fields, picking up food by sight, also by probing. They mainly eat insects, but also eat crustaceans in coastal areas. 
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-The population was significantly reduced at the end of the 19th century by hunting. Numbers have rebounded somewhat in more recent times. 
 +Diet includes insects, but also eat crustaceans in coastal areas.

Revision as of 14:36, 11 October 2007

Numenius americanus
Photo by stejon Location Florida
Photo by stejon
Location Florida

Contents

Identification

19 inches. Brown rump and barred tail. Cinnamon wing linings. White eyering, dusky eyeline. Sexes similar. Very long, decurved bill. Pale buff head and neck faintly streaked with darker brown. Buff brown underparts with sparse dark streaking on flanks. Dark back with pale edges and notches to feathers. Dark brown outer wing contrasts with paler inner wing in flight. Juvenile: Much shorter bill, often with less downward curve.

Distribution

North America.

Taxonomy

Habitat

Grasslands and open prairie

Behaviour

Nests are located on the ground in open prairie. The female usually lays 4 eggs. Both parents look after the young.

Diet includes insects, but also eat crustaceans in coastal areas.


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