Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris)

Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris), Merja Zerga, Morocco, winter 1995 (Chris Gomersall)

DNA confirms Slender-billed Curlew is a valid species

The mitochondrial genome of the presumably extinct Slender-billed Curlew is sequenced for the first time. This confirmed that the species is genetically distinct from the related curlews. The last sightings of Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris) were at Merja Zerga Lagoon, Morocco, in 1995. Subsequent sightings of the species, including the single bird observed in Hungary …

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Eurasian Curlews (Numenius arquata) at Sebkha Bou Areg, a Ramsar Site on Mediterranean coast of Morocco

Report of Morocco Slender-billed Curlew survey 2011

During February 2011, a team formed by two Moroccan and one British ornithologists carried out a survey to search the Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris) along the Mediterranean and northern Atlantic coast of Morocco. The survey was entirely voluntary, the Moroccan members of the team (M. A. & A. E.) paid their own expenses while R. …

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Slender-billed Curlew, Merja Zerga, Morocco, February 1995. Photo by Chris Gomersall/RSPB images

Searching the Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris)

The Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris) is a critically endangered species and is one of the rarest bird species in the Palearctic. It breeds in marshes and peat bogs in the Siberian taiga and migrates to over-winter around the Mediterranean area (Edit: a study using stable isotopes found that the core breeding area was actually in …

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