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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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However, despite the plummeting numbers of breeding pairs, Ireland is home to thousands of curlew each winter, particularly along our coasts where migrant birds come to escape colder weather in Scotland or Scandinavia.
Between 1994 and 2016, the curlew population declined by 68% in Wales.
Editor and publisher Dr Lynn Parr, who lives in Caerwedros and founded the magazine last year, aims to make The Curlew the number-one publication for top-quality nature writing and illustration.
Geoff Hilton, head of conservation science at WWT, said: "The call of the curlew is one of the really magical elements of British nature, celebrated in poetry and song.
There are four main rides during the Cyclone - the Tyne 6 Bridges Leisure Ride on Friday, June 17; Cyclone Challenge on Saturday, June 18; and Beaumont Trophy and Curlew Cup on Sunday, June 18.
Identifying important areas that support winter roosting and foraging habitat at inland sites throughout is range was recommended as a priority conservation action for the curlew in the species' Status Assessment and Conservation Action Plan (Fellows and Jones, 2009).
The public is urged to report any such illegal practices posing a grave risk to the environment on toll free No 8003722745 as per the Executive Council decision No 9/2012," he said, noting that the ENRAS, late in August last year, sized eight similar traps fortrapping stone curlew birds.
He topped a field of 70 with 199lb 9oz of carp to 18lb on paste at five metres from peg 23 at Curlew.
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.
There are only between 60 and 100 curlew pairs left in Hiraethog area and about 1,100 in Wales.
The curlew is one of the bird species the RSPB says is in danger