Migratory Bird Program
Conserving the Nature of America
Focal Species

Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)

The Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) has been identified as a focal species of management concern due to continuing declines of breeding populations, small overall population size, and threats to both breeding and wintering habitats across North America. Loss of grassland habitats to agriculture and development, particularly in the Great Plains of North America and eastern portion of the Long-billed Curlew's breeding range, appears to be the greatest threat to the long-term survival of this species.
Loss and degradation of wetland habitats and grasslands on wintering grounds is also a concern. Pesticides and other toxins, and disturbance due to off-road vehicles and recreational use of breeding habitats may also influence Long-billed Curlew populations.


Dugger, B.D. and K.M. Dugger. 2002. Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus. In The Birds of North America, No. 628 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

National Audubon Society. 2002. Audubon WatchList: Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus). Downloaded from (http://www.audubon.org) on 9/6/2006.

Brown, S., C. Hickey, B. Gill, L. Gorman, C. Gratto-Trevor, S. Haig, B. Harrington, C. Hunter, G. Morrison, G. Page, P. Sanzenbacher, S. Skagen, N. Warnock. 2000. National Shorebird Conservation Assessment: Shorebird Conservation Status, Conservation Units, Population Estimates, Population Targets, and Species Prioritization. Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.



Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed Curlew - Photo by John Mossesso

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Last updated: December 2, 2011