Friday, November 12, 2010

Bristle-thighed Curlew of Kiribati. 2004

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The Bristle-thighed Curlew, Numenius tahitiensis, is a large shorebird that breeds in Alaska and winters on tropical Pacific islands. The distinctive has characterized are long and decurved bill, bristled feathers at the base of the legs, spotted brown on the upper body with a light belly and ruswte-colored , buffy tail and length is about 43 cm.
Bristle-thighed Curlews feed on a wide variety of vegetation such as flowers and berries and on insects, sea life, and other bird's eggs, which they use rocks to break open—the only tool use among shorebirds.The population is estimated at 7,000 birds

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