Curlew-Description Of-Please give me a description of the curlew. Are they shore birds? Are there any in the State of North Dakota?
The curlew is a shorebird, and like nearly all birds of this group, is migratory. There are two or three species. I understand, but only one, the long-billed curlew, is found on the western plains. While I am not sure that they are found in North Dakota, they range east, west, north and south of that state, so it is pretty safe to say that they are found in some parts anyway. In winter they migrate to the Atlantic Coast, Gulf of Mexico, California and Arizona. I cannot give a very accurate description of the bird. It is a fair sized bird, whatever that means, with a curved bill about eight inches long. The plumage is spotted. A peculiarity of the bird is its habit of holding its wings erect above its back for two or three seconds after it alights.
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