Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis
Far Eastern Curlew, Buffalo Creek, Darwin, Australia, November 2010 - click for larger image Buffalo Creek, Darwin, Australia
October 2013

The Far Eastern Curlew breeds in eastern Siberia ad north-east China but winters from Japan and eastern China through to Australia and New Zealand with the majority migrating to Australia. Despite its specific name it has never been seen in Madagascar. See the distribution map at xeno-canto.

It is classified as Endangered since it is undergoing a very rapid population decline which is suspected to have been primarily driven by habitat loss and deterioration in the Yellow Sea region. Further proposed reclamation projects are predicted to cause additional declines in the future.

Compared to Eurasian Curlew N. arquata it has a dark rump, back and underwing and has a longer and heavier bill.

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