Numenius americanus – Curlew

Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed curlews (Numenius americanus) breed and spend the summer in the Great Plains and Great Basin. In the winter they  migrate to the coastal areas of the United States and Central America and the interior of Mexico.

Long-billed curlews eat a wide variety of invertebrates. However, the very long, downcurved bill of this large shorebird is best adapted to capturing shrimp and crabs in the tidal flats where they winter and digging earthworms from among the sparse, short grasses of their summer range.

This long-billed curlew was photographed a couple months ago in the McArthur Swamp (Shasta County CA) before the curlews left for their wintering grounds

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