PORT PHILLIP BAY


Curlew Sandpiper 

Calidris ferruginea

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Scolopacidae
Genus:
Calidris
Species:
ferruginea

General Description

Upper body light grey-brown, underparts white. Curved white stripe above the eye. Bill narrow and curves down at the tip. Wings with a wide white stripe underneath. Legs black. When breeding: head, neck, beak and underparts red-brown. Body up to 23 cm long.

Biology

Curlew Sandpipers migrate from the northern hemisphere where they breed, to Victoria in summer. They arrive in September and depart in March-April.

Habitat

Intertidal mudflats, also freshwater swamps and saltwater lakes.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Worldwide.

Species Group

Birds Sandpipers and curlews

Max Size

23 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

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, Curlew Sandpiper, Calidris ferruginea, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7935

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