April 12, 2014 - Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Requested by: whimbrelwaterbird
Whimbrels breed in the Arctic, wintering in South America, Australia, Africa, and South Asia. There are four subspecies, although the North American birds were previously thought of as a separate species, known as the Hudsonian Curlew. Their long beaks allow them to probe mud for crabs and other marine invertebrates. They also eat berries, especially before migrating, as well as insects.