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Long-billed Curlew

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

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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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