Distribution / Range
The Little Curlew is strongly migtratory, breeding in the far north of Siberia; and wintering in Australasia. Some are very rare vagrant to western Europe.
They winter inland on grassland, cultivation or near fresh water, mainly in northern Australia but also as far south as St Kilda, South Australia.
It formes sizeable flocks.
This is a tiny curlew with a mostly greyish-brown plumage, a white belly, and short curved bill. It has a head pattern like a Whimbrel, with crown and curving streaks above the eyes (known as superciliary stripe).
Nesting / Breeding
They breed in loose colonies in forest clearings in river valleys and their nest is a simple ground scrape.
Calls / Vocalizations
The call is described as a repetitive whistle.
Diet / Feeding
This species feeds by probing soft mud for small insects and other invertebrates.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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