Scientific name: Numenius phaeopus
Nature Stars: 60
About: A large wader about 40cm long, smaller with a shorter, thicker neck, shorter bill and shorter legs than Curlew. Streaky greyish brown, with long bluey-grey legs and a long, downwards curved, greyish bill. When they fly, Whimbrel have a white wedge on the
How to identify: Told from the larger Curlew by the shorter bill and strong face pattern, with a dark crown with a pale stripe down the middle and dark eyestripe. The call is a series of about seven whistles.
Where: Nests on moorland in Shetland, Orkney and the far north of Scotland. Fairly common on migration on wetlands and wet grassland throughout the country.
Fantastic fact: Apart from the Whimbrel and Curlew, there are six other species of curlew in the world, of which two (the Eskimo Curlew of North America and the Slender-billed Curlew of eastern Europe) may be extinct.
Photograph credit: Mike Baird