Curlews & Sandpipers

Scolopacidae

A large family of variably-sized waders, with 45 species recorded in Australia. None are resident, with 27 appearing as migrants and the remaining 18 as vagrants. The curlews are characterised by their long downwardly-curved bill.

Bar-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit

This bird is a common sight throughout coastal Australia during August to April each year. A non-breeding migrant, the Bar-tailed Godwit can be identified by its large size (37 to 45cm), and long, slightly upturned bill. It is often difficult to distinguish from the similar Black-tailed Godwit, but its white underwing, barred rump, shorter bill, and lack of white wingbar should identify it when...
Red Knot

Red Knot

Australia is visited by the largest non-breeding numbers (>130,000) of the Red Knot, which breeds predominantly in Siberia, but also in the Canadian Arctic, Alaska and nearby areas. The species occurs in coastal areas around the Australian mainland and offshore islands during the summer migration period, although is most numerous along Eighty Mile Beach and Roebuck Bay, WA, and In the Gulf of...