Name: Whimbrel

Scientific name: Numenius phaeopus

Type: Coursers and Whimbrels

Color: Brown,White

Habitat: Coast,Ocean,Water

Size: 38cm

Conservation status:

Passage Migrant


Smaller, and slightly darker than Curlew, with faster wing-beats. Bill usually shorter and more decurved near the tip (though overlaps with young Curlew in length), dark crown with pale central stripe and dark eye-stripe give head more contrast than in other curlews; flight-pattern similar to larger Curlew and slightly smaller Bar-tailed Godwit (note bill-shape of latter). Flight-call an important character.