Whimbrels Facts

  • Name:
  • Scientific Name:
    Numenius phaeopus
  • Family:
  • Length:
    40 - 46 cm (15.7 - 18.1 in)
Whimbrel Bird

Regular migrant of Galapagos, found on rocky shores and lagoons, also around pools and in grassy areas in the highlands.?


Whimbrels are unmistakable: the only large wader with a long, down curved bill. Long-legged with conspicuously striped crown. ADULT: Upper parts grey-brown; under parts paler with fine streaking on breast. JUVENILE: Upperparts slightly darker than in adult with buff spots and fringes on flight feathers.


A very characteristic and far-carrying six or seven note trill: "tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu".


Found on rocky shores and lagoons; also around pools and in grassy areas in the highlands.

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