Numenius tahitiensis (Gmelin, 1789)
Bristle-thighed Curlew

Bristle-thighed Curlews are considered uncommon migrants at Kwajalein. They look similar to and can easily be mistaken for the much more common Whimbrel, differing in the pattern of spots on the wing feathers, reduced markings along the flank, and a mostly unmarked light orange belly. At least two birds, including the one in the photos below, were sighted by Christina Sylvester on Kwajalein in March, 2018.

Created 12 March 2018

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