Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

Eurasian Curlew Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Numenius arquata
Family : Scolopacidae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Curlew
Habitat : Coast
Description : The Eurasian Curlew is a large brown wader with an unusually long down-curved bill (adult bird length approximately 58 cm, weight 670 g, wing 31 cm, bill 17 cm, tarsus 8.2 cm). It feeds chiefly on worms and other invertebrates. It also takes grasshoppers, amphibians at its breeding place. The curlew constructs its nest as a simple scrape in various habitats such as taiga, meadows, and similar environments. Typically, the female lays a clutch of four eggs in the months of April or May. Incubation lasts approximately a month until the eggs begin to hatch. Interestingly, observations have revealed that curlews often choose nesting locations in close proximity to common kestrel nests. Despite the fact that kestrels also prey on curlew nests, this association provides some level of protection against other predators like corvids. Foxes and predatory birds have been known to prey upon the eggs of Eurasian curlews. Additionally, there have been documented cases, featured in the BBC nature series Springwatch, of sheep predating the curlew eggs.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Krzysztof Deoniziak(www.xeno-canto.org/Krzysztof Deoniziak), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.