Numenius phaeopus
The whimbrel is a large wader with a distinctive long dark brown down-curved bill and long gray legs. It is gray-brown with brown streaks on its upper sides, neck, and breast. Its belly and rump are white. It has a dark brown crown, a grayish line above its eye, and a dark brown line that runs over its eyes like a mask. The whimbrel is a fairly common migrant in the Marshall Islands; however, only 1 individual whimbrel had been documented on Wake Island in October 2007.

Facts About Whimbrel


During the breeding season the Whimbrel will eat insects, spiders, millipedes, earthworms, snails, slugs, seeds, leaves and berries. While on migration it's food consists of crustaceans, molluscs, large polychaete worms and occasionally fish, reptiles or young birds.


Lenth 15-18 in (40-46cm)
Weight 12-14 oz (350-400g)