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Bristle-thighed Curlew

Numenius tahitiensis

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A large shorebird with a long, curved bill. Similar to Whimbrel but warmer brown and with a cinnamon-colored rump. The bristly feathers on the upper legs are visible at close range. Occurs in wetlands, sand dunes, rocky shores, pastures, and golf courses. Locally common in coastal areas near Kahuku, Oahu. A few individuals visit other islands. Primarily a winter visitor, but a few birds, usually yearlings, may stay through the summer. Call is a loud “kee-oo-ee.”

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Birds of North America

Comprehensive life histories of North American breeding birds