Far-eastern Curlew

Numenius madagascariensis

This extremely large curlew, the largest in the world, is casual to the Bering Sea and has been recorded in the Pribilofs five times. All sightings are in spring, between May 20 and June 13. This species is unlikely to be confused with any other shorebird. Look for the large size, brown, unpatterned head, white wing linings and heavily streaked breast to rule out the more regular Whimbrel and Bristle-thighed Curlew. Most of the sightings of Far Eastern Curlew involve birds found on the open sand flats at the south end of the Salt Lagoon.