Curlew Sandpiper

Conservation status

Near Threatened

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat



Insects, Small Invertebrates


Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

The curlew sandpiper is a small wader that breeds on the tundra of Arctic Siberia. It is strongly migratory, wintering mainly in Africa, but also in south and southeast Asia and in Australasia. It is a vagrant to North America.

These birds are small waders, only slightly larger than dunlin at 21 cm in length, but differ from Dunlin in having a longer down-curved bill, longer neck and legs and a white rump. The breeding adult has patterned dark grey upperparts and brick-red underparts. In winter, this bird is pale grey above and white below, and shows an obvious white supercilium. Juveniles have a grey and brown back, a white belly and a peach-coloured breast.

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    গুলিন্দা বাটান
  • French:
    Bécasseau cocorli
  • Gujarati:
    વાંકી ચાંચ કીચડીયો
  • Marathi:
    कुरल तुतारी, बाकचोच तुतारी
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Calidris ferruginea