Alternative name: Kioea1
- Numenius tahitiensis
- Buff spotted brown upper parts
- Light belly
- Rust or buff tail
- Buff-orange rump
- Long, decurved bill
- Bristled feathers at base of legs
Very similar in size and shape to Whimbrel but pale unbarred rump and voice are distinctive.
Breeds on the lower Yukon River and the Seward Peninsula in western Alaska.
Breeds in coastal tundra. Feeds on coastal short grassland/turf.
The diet includes insects, flowers and berries, and other birds' eggs.
They nest in ground depressions, lined with tundra moss. The clutch of 4 greenish brown spotted eggs are incubated for 25 days; both parents caring for the young. The adults migrate southwards when the chicks are about 5 weeks old, the chicks leaving later.
- Not to be confused with Kioea, Chaetoptila angustipluma.
- Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Bristle-thighed Curlew. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 21 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Bristle-thighed_Curlew