Guide to some birds of the Okhotsk region

EurasianJay StellarsSeeagle Redpoll BlakistonsFishowl LathamsSnipe JapaneseCrane Skylark LongtailedTit JuvenileSwan
Whooper Swan White-tailed Sea-Eagle Stellar's Sea-Eagle Hazel Grouse
Japanese Crane Far Eastern Curlew Latham's Snipe Ross's Gull
Blakiston's Fish-Owl Ural Owl Black Woodpecker Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Eurasian Skylark Long-tailed Tit Snow Bunting Common Redpoll
Tree Sparrow Eurasian Jay Northern Raven Buller's Shearwater*
Swan Goose* Ashy Minivet* To Checklist To Bird Guide Top

Far Eastern Curlew   Numenius madagascariensis

The Far Eastern Curlew passes through the Okhotsk region during its migrations in spring and autumn, but there are not very many of them. Its bill is so long that it seems too long for its body that is already quite large. Its distinctive call is a sharp "Hoh-een" or "Kah-lew" that can be heard from a distance.

The Eurasian Curlew (N. Arquata) resembles the Far Eastern Curlew but is overall a paler color, its belly and underwings are white, and its rump has white spots.

A large number of juveniles with bills not yet grown to full length accompany the adults on their autumn migration, and these juveniles can be mistakenly identified as Whimbrels (N. phaeopus) or Bristle-thighed Curlews (N. tahitiensis) [not yet recorded in the Okhotsk region], etc.


Shari, 5 May 2003


Shari, 5 May 2003