3d Art Render of a Whimbrel,
Made with Bryce 3d, and Ken Gilliland’s SongBird Rimix, ShoreBirds .
post work in Photoshop.
The Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus, is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae. It is the one of the most widespread of the curlews, breeding across much of subarctic North America, Europe and Asia as far south as Scotland.
This is a migratory species wintering on coasts in
Africa, South America, south Asia into Australasia
and southern North America. It is also a coastal bird during migration. It is fairly gregarious outside thebreeding season.
This is a large wader at 37-45 cm length. It mainly
greyish brown, with a white back and rump
(subspecies N. p. phaeopus and N. p. alboaxillaris
only), and a long curved bill (longest in the adult
female) with a kink rather than a smooth curve. It is
generally wary. The usual call is a rippling whistle,
prolonged into a trill for the song.
The only similar common species over most of this
bird’s range are larger curlews. The Whimbrel is
smaller, has a shorter, decurved bill and has a central crown stripe and strong supercilia.
This species feeds by probing soft mud for small
invertebrates and by picking small crabs and similar prey off the surface. Prior to migration, berries become an important part of their diet.
The nest is a bare scrape on tundra or Arctic
moorland. Three to five eggs are laid. Adults are
very defensive of nesting area and will even attack
humans who come too close.
Near the end of the 19th century, hunting on their
migration routes took a heavy toll on this bird’s
numbers; the population has since recovered.
In the British Isles it breeds in Scotland, particularly
around Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides as
well as the mainland at Sutherland and Caithness.
The Whimbrel is one of the species to which the
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia