Numenius madagascariensis (Linnaeus, 1766)

Common Name: 
Far Eastern Curlew

Coastal mainland Australia and Tasmania.

Ecological Notes: 

Occupies intertidal mudflats and sandflats, often with beds of seagrass, on sheltered coasts, especially estuaries, mangrove swamps, bays, harbours and lagoons.The Far Eastern Curlew eats mainly small crabs and molluscs. 

Additional Notes: 

It forages by day and night, with a slow and deliberate gait, stalking across on sandy and muddy flats, picking from the surface or probing deep with its long bill. The largest migratory wader to visit Australia.


Atlas of Living Australia at Numenius madagascariensis Accessed 29 July 2020.
Birdlife Australia at Accessed 27 July 2020.