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Curlew (Numenius arquata)
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Curlew  (Numenius arquata)

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The curlew is the largest European wading bird, instantly recognisable on winter estuaries or summer moors with its long down-curved bill. It has slowly gone into decline through loss of habitat caused by agricultural intensification. In summer it tends to breed on damp upland pastures, moorlands as well as some lowland agricultural areas of pasture and cereal. Also coastal marshes. In the winter it tends to move onto exposed mudflats and sandy areas on estuaries. Its diet consists of worms, shellfish and shrimps.
Eggs: 4
Incubation: 27-29 days
Fledging: 32-38 days
Maximum lifespan: 31 years
Length: 50-60cm

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