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curlew

(kûr`lo͞o), common name for large shore birds of both hemispheres, generally brown and buff in color and with decurved bills. There are eight species, belonging to the genus Numenius. The long-billed curlew, N. americanus, its bill almost one third the body length (about 2 ft/61 cm), is now rare in the E United States; it frequents salt marshes, prairies, and tidal creeks in the West. In summer it eats locusts and other injurious insects. The Hudsonian and the nearly extinct Eskimo curlews migrate from arctic breeding grounds to South America. The bristle-thighed curlew summers and nests in Alaska and winters on South Pacific islands, where it feeds on the eggs of other birds. The curlew makes a nonstop flight between breeding grounds. Some of the godwits and ibises are called curlews. Curlews are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Charadriiformes, family Scolopacidae.

curlew

any large shore bird of the genus Numenius, such as N. arquata of Europe and Asia: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc.), order Charadriiformes. They have a long downward-curving bill and occur in northern and arctic regions.
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The way things are at the moment, the breeding population of curlew are at a real risk of extinction within 10 years.
NORTH Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood, who is Wales Species Champion for the curlew, has spoken in the Assembly Chamber of the need to protect this threatened bird species.
Europe's largest and most distinctive wading bird, the curlew is among those that have been added to the "red list" of threatened UK birds in its most recent update, with numbers falling 64 per cent from 1970 to 2014.
We know little about where "our" breeding Curlews spend the winter, but these two projects may be about to throw more light on their whereabouts.
Approximately 15% of the world population of curlews winters in La Soledad natural protected area in Nuevo Leon (WSHRN, 2005; Morrison et al.
Curlews nest on the ground "Both have chicks with fluffy down (before feathers grow).
Sometimes there can be up to 700 curlews at Saltholme, as they come into the wildlife reserve to roost.
The curlew was first caught and fitted with an identification ring back in March 1992 at Seal Sands on the Tees Estuary.
Early return: curlews have flown in to Seven Barrows ahead of schedule
Some 80,000 tickets for the event at Wels airport in northern Austria were snapped up by eager fans in hours but the group has clashed with animal rights groups over concerns of a local bird species called the curlew.
HOLMFIRTH artist Ashley Jackson hands over a landscape painted on to a Curlew for the "Flights of Fancy" exhibition celebrating the Grassington festival to John Benson.
Northumberland National Park was revealed as a champion of the curlew today amid reports the bird is at risk worldwide.