Common name: Whimbrel
Binomial name: Numenius phaeopus
Description: It is a 40cm long wader in the Scolopacidae family, with mainly greyish- brown upper plumage and white back. It has a prominent brown lateral eye stripe and broad whitish brow which distinguishes it from the larger Eurasian curlew. It also has a long curved bill.
Call: Prolonged whistling trill.
Diet: Crabs, invertebrates.
Habitat: Coastal mudflats, reefs and tidal ponds, beaches.
Native countries: Subarctic Asia, Europe and even North America. Migrates southwards as far as Australasia during winter.
IUCN Conservation Red List: Least concern
Fun facts: It probes its long bill into the sand to fish for crabs and other invertebrates.