Eskimo Curlew

Why Is This Animal Endangered?

The Eskimo Curlew was once a common bird in nine different provinces in Canada. The only place where it was not found was B.C. In the Northwest Territories, one nested in the Mackenzie District, but no nests have been found in over one hundred and ten years. There was intensive hunting of the Eskimo Curlew because the species was desirable and easy to harvest. The Eskimo Curlew traveled in large and easy to shoot flocks.


The Eskimo Curlew's general colour is warm buff or pale cinnamon brown. Its throat can be white to pale buff. Its bill can be two to four inches long. There is a strong pale-brown or fleshy color at its thick base. It has a blackish brown and strongly curved tip. Its underwings are unmarked with a buffy to cinnamon color of feathers. Its neck and breast have fine brown streaks, lacking dark stripes on its head and lines through its eyes.

The Eskimo Curlew is a small shorebird with a slightly decurved bill. This bird has short bluish-gray legs. The Eskimo Curlew breeds in Alaska and Canada. It moves in the fall through Canada and the Great Plains to South America.

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