A large brown and white striped bird with a long black beak and legs flies over the water.

NPS Photo/Nigella Hillgarth

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

Length: 17-18" Wingspan: 31-32"

Description: A crow-sized brownish bird with dark stippling and pale feather edges. Its crown is dark brown with a pale central stripe. Bill is very long and curved downwards.

Whimbrels display a variety of different calls and songs depending on their activity, but all vocalizations contain a series of piping whistles.


Last updated: August 25, 2021

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