PORT PHILLIP BAY


Eastern Curlew 

Numenius madagascariensis

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Scolopacidae
Genus:
Numenius
Species:
madagascariensis

General Description

Body mottled yellow-brown and dark brown, with white underparts. Curved yellow-brown stripe above the eye. Bill long, narrow and curves down at the tip, lower bill pink at the base. Body up to 62 cm long.

Biology

Eastern Curlews migrate from the northern hemisphere where they breed, to Victoria in summer. They arrive in August and depart in March.

Habitat

Coastal mudflats.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Asia and Australia.

Species Group

Birds Sandpipers and curlews

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)

Water Column

Above surface

Max Size

62 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Near Threatened
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Vulnerable

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Eastern Curlew, Numenius madagascariensis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Mar 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7929

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