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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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If the risk of the Curlew going extinct seems dramatic, it's worth remembering that two closely-related species have almost certainly been lost in the last 50 years: the Slender-billed Curlew in Russia and the Eskimo Curlew in North America.
The bodies of eight stone curlews, a threatened species which migrates from wintering grounds in Africa and Spain in the spring, have been found in fields in Wiltshire, Norfolk and Suffolk in the past few days.
Curlew River, an English retelling of a classic Japanese Noh drama, Sumida River, focuses on a madwoman arriving at the river bank and wishing to cross in search of her kidnapped 10-year-old son.
There are only between 60 and 100 curlew pairs left in Hiraethog area and about 1,100 in Wales.
Drawn directly outside Curlew Sonny, Paul Garland's bitch can turn unscathed this time and power down the back-straight to recoup losses.
Several protected birds nest in heather and gorse bushes, including the skylark, stonechat, red grouse and curlew.
Britten was captivated by the drama and, in Curlew River, gave it a British medieval treatment, using a Christian rather than a Buddhist context.
The study, which saw no significant differences in habitat management between the sites, found the number of lapwing, curlew and golden plover pairs which fledged chicks was 3.
The curlew is one of the bird species the RSPB says is in danger
The second biggest colony of curlews in Upper Austria and various other ground-nesting birds must not become endangered," News.
But there was good news for a few species in the latest assessment, with the bullfinch, quail, reed bunting, Scottish crossbill, stone curlew and woodlark all being downgraded from the red list to the amber list.
The music critic William Mann, who was in the audience, wrote in his review in the Times that Curlew River might be "the start of a new, perhaps the most important, stage in Britten's creative life.