1106. Numenius tenuirostris

1106. Slender-billed Curlew.
NUMENIUS TENUIROSTRIS.
Numenius tenuirostris, Vieill. Nouv. Dict. viii. p. 302 (1817) ; Naum, viii. p. 527, Taf. 218 ; Dresser, viii. p. 237, pl. 577 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 348.
Courlis a bec grele, French ; Zarapito, Span. ; Chiurlotello Ital. ; Dunnschnabliger Brachvogel, German.
Male ad. (Malta). Differs from N. arquatus in being much smaller, the hind neck greyish white streaked with rufous brown . lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts pure white, the latter marked with fine brown lines ; lores, eye-streak, cheeks, and ear-coverts white marked with line lines and specks of black ; throat pure white ; under parts white, the lower throat and breast with central brown streaks, the sides of the breast with large pear-shaped spots ; under wing-coverts and axillaries pure white ; bill brown, the base of lower mandible flash-coloured ; legs plumbeous grey ; iris brown. Culmen 2.75, wing 9.3, tail 3.8, tarsus 2.1 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. Southern Europe, of rare occurrence in Central Europe but has been obtained in Holland, Belgium, and France ; North Africa, ranging south to Khartoum ; to the east it is found in Transcaspia, where it probably breeds.
In habits this Curlew is said to differ from N. arquatus in frequenting marshy localities and often wading up to the belly in water. Respecting its nidification nothing definite appears to be known.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1106. Numenius tenuirostris
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1106
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
802
Common name: 
Slender Billed Curlew
M_ID: 
4269
M_CN: 
Slender-billed Curlew
M_SN: 
Numenius tenuirostris
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10819

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