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Eastern Curlew
Numenius madagascariensis
Far Eastern Curlew

Photo Courtesy of Birdway Australia
Bird Family :"Sandpipers"
Description :Common local species. Length 61cm. The female is the worlds largest wader. Sandfly Creek supports an over-wintering population of national significance.
Typical Habitat :Mangroves, estuaries, mud flats and sand flats.
Distribution :Uncommon to coastal areas.
Migration :Summer migrant to Australia. Breeds in Taiwan, Philippines and P.N.G. Juveniles don't return to their breeding sites until they are more than a year old. Some adults may spend winter here if they have not gained enough body fat for overseas migration.
Introduced :No
Seen North Qld :  Yes
EPBC :Migratory
NCA :Rare

      Additional info ..locations seen (19)  ..   observations (43)  ..   habitats seen (1)  ..    
      EPBC = Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (Commonwealth)
      NCA  = Nature Conservation Act (Queensland) 

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