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

What does it look like?  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 the two are compared. Where does it live?  This bird is a common s...
Red Knot

Red Knot

What does it look like?  It is a small to medium-sized shorebird and has two plumage phases, the most common in Australia (non-breeding) is greyish above and paler below, with numerous grey chevron markings along the flanks. The breeding plumage is bold reddish on the head, chest and belly in front of the legs. The back has a mixture of black, grey, white and red. Both plumages have an identifying ...