Long-billed Curlew

Numenius americanus 

The long-billed curlew is the largest shorebird in North America. Their long slightly curved beak distinguishes them from other shorebirds found along Washington’s coast. They use their long beak to probe into the sand and dirt to find insects and little marine crustaceans. Both the male and female birds incubate the eggs during the gestation period – but be careful, they are aggressive when they are protecting the nests!

While they are not the most common sight on Washington’s shore, they are common in the grasslands and plains of Eastern Washington during breed season. The largest threat the long-billed curlew face is habitat loss as their precious grasslands are being destroyed.

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