Long Legged Waders

Long-billed Curlew

Numenius americanus
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Length: 23 in. (58 cm )
This large shorebird forms small flocks in the winter and occurs in grassy meadows, flooded fields, mud flats and pond edges. They use their long bills to probe into soft mud for crustaceans, molluscs and insects, but in upland areas they use it to catch insects, frogs, eggs, nestling birds, and occasionally berries. During the summer they move to dry upland prairies and grassland areas, and the nest of grass and dirt is placed on the ground in a low area or on the slope of a hill.

The four-digit banding code is LBCU.

Female | Oliver Niehuis



Bird Sound Type: Screeching
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Long-billed Curlew
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: June 12, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/long-billed-curlew

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Long-billed Curlew. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 12, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/long-billed-curlew

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Dr. Biology. "Long-billed Curlew". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/long-billed-curlew

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Dr. Biology. "Long-billed Curlew". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 12 Jun 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/long-billed-curlew

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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