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a genus of birds of the family Charadriidae of the suborder Charadrii. The bill is long and decurved. The predominant coloration is dark brown and white. The genus comprises seven species. The Numenius are distributed in the northern hemisphere from the tundras to the steppes. They winter in Africa, southern Asia, Australia, and South America. There are five species in the USSR. The common curlew (N. arquatd) is encountered on mossy and steppe marshes from the western borders to the Cisbaikal Region. Further east it is replaced by the Madagascar curlew (N. madagascariensis), which is distinguished from the common curlew by its more powerful bill. The northern forest zone and forest tundra are inhabited by the whimbrel, or lesser curlew (N. phaeopus). In the mountains of northeastern Siberia lives the smallest member of the genus—the pigmy curlew (N. minutus). The slender-billed curlew (N. tenuirostris) used to be encountered in Western Siberia but has apparently become extinct.

The birds nest on the ground, laying a clutch of four speckled eggs. Both the male and female incubate the eggs over a period of 27-29 days. Members of the genus feed on small invertebrates and sometimes on berries and seeds. They are game birds.


Kozlova, E. V. Rzhankoobraznye: Podotriad kuliki. Moscow, 1962. (Fauna SSSR, vol. 2, fasc. 1, part 3.)


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Curlew Numenius arquata and Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus appear especially numerous.
Puerto Viejo, 70 km south of Lima: Numerous on the beach and on nearby reefs in company of Numenius phaeopus.
I believe it is no coincidence that our major testimonies to Numenius are preserved in Porphyry, Origen, and Eusebius.
offers a study of Clement's apophaticism in light of middle Platonic sources, selecting Alcinous, Numenius, and Atticus on the basis of "their relevance for the study of Clement that follows" (71).
Alexander Numenius Peri Schematon in seinem Verhaltnis zu Kaikilios, Tiberios und seinen spateren Benutzern.
And Parmenides did set downe Love as a first beginner; insomuch that in disputing in Plato, he leaveth us there an evident marke of the three Inbeeings or Persones as Plotine noteth; but we shall see it layd foorth more plainly hereafter by Numenius the Pythagorist.
haemastica (Linnaeus), I R Hudsonian godwit Numenius phaeopus (Linnaeus), I R whimbrel Phalaropus fulicarius (Linnaeus), I R red phalarope P.
To be sure, from anything other than a purely historical point of view Plutarch, Atticus, Numenius, and Celsus may be more exciting than the scholastic dryness of Alcinous or Apuleius.
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For he was always consorting with Plato, and was conversant with the writings of Numenius, and Cronius, Appollophanes, Longinus, and Moderatus, Nicostratus and the distinguished men among the Pythagoreans; and he used the books of Chairemon the Stoic and Cornutus, from whom he learned the figurative interpretation, as employed in the Greek mysteries, and applied it to the Jewish writings.
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