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Set B1 - British Birds - card information

14. The Curlew
(Numenius arquata)

14. The Curlew

The Curlew comes in Spring to meadow and moor to find a spot where it can place its four handsome eggs. Long of bill, on lengthy legs, it is a member of the wader tribe . Its silvery whistle is one of the most beautiful of sounds. Soon the chicks hatch, active, fluffy mites that run after their parents through the herbage. They grow quickly and soon are as big as the old birds, when all fly off to estuary and shore, where they find a good living at the edge of the tide.