Eskimo Curlew

Numenius borealis (JR Forster, 1772) ESKCU 5370
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Once abundant in North America, the hunting of this species – possibly in concert with habitat loss – led to its extinction. The species was last seen in Britain in 1880.

This species has not been recorded anywhere in the World with certainty since 1963, although there have been possible sightings in the US. It is regarded as being Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) by the IUCN.


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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Eskimo Curlew, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: polit esquimal
Czech: koliha severní
Danish: Eskimospove
Dutch: Eskimowulp
Estonian: põhjakoovitaja
Finnish: eskimokuovi
French: Courlis esquimau
German: Eskimobrachvogel
Hungarian: eszkimópóling
Icelandic: Norðspói
Irish: Crotach Artach
Italian: Chiurlo eschimese
Latvian: eskimosu kuitala
Lithuanian: eskimine kuolinga
Norwegian: Eskimospove
Polish: kulik eskimoski
Portuguese: maçarico-esquimó
Slovak: hvizdák krátkozobý
Slovenian: eskimski škurh
Spanish: Zarapito esquimal
Swedish: eskimåspov

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