Eastern Curlew (species: Numenius (Numenius) madagascariensis) in Saltwater NP (Gaia Guide)
Numenius (Numenius) madagascariensis
Eastern Curlew

©Nick Talbot: Eastern Curlews (Numenius (Numenius) madagascariensis)

©Duncan Wright: French Frigate Shoals (standing behind the turtle).

©David Midgley: Eastern Curlew (Numenius (Numenius) madagascariensis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Numenius
Species Numenius (Numenius) madagascariensis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a long downward curving bill. It is mostly brown in color but speckled in appearance. It is differentiated from other curlews by its plain, unpatterned brown underwing. (Wikipedia)


  • From 51 cm to 65 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 110 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It spends its breeding season in northeastern Asia, including Siberia to Kamchatka, and Mongolia. Its breeding habitat is composed of marshy and swampy wetlands and lakeshores. Most individuals winter in coastal Australia, with a few heading to South Korea, Thailand, Philippines and New Zealand, where they stay at estuaries, beaches, and salt marshes. During its migration the Far Eastern Curlew commonly passes the Yellow Sea. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


Primorye in Russian Federation

© Todd Mark


It uses its long, decurved bill to probe for invertebrates in the mud. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.