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Numenius tahitiensis

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Species description or overview

Bristle-thighed Curlew overview View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
An extensive overview of Bristle-thighed Curlew's ecology, breeding, habitat, conservation, and distribution is in the species profile from the University of Alaska (2005).

Bristle-thighed Curlew - BirdLife Species Factsheet
Population, range, identification, and conservation measures for bristle-thighed curlews are provided by BirdLife International.

Kioea (bristle-thighed curlew) overview View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
An overview of Numenius tahitiensis is provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (Hawaii's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, 2005).

Taxonomy & nomenclature

Numenius tahitiensis information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Numenius tahitiensis, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.


Bristle-thighed curlew information from the Field Guide to Birds of North America
Identifying characteristics, recording of bird call, behavior information, and illustrations for the bristle-thighed curlew are included in the Field Guide.


Bristle-thighed curlew preening (video)
Species information and a short video of bristle-thighed curlew preening are provided by ARKive.


Images of Numenius tahitiensis (bristle-thighed curlew) from Hawaii
Online images of Numenius tahitiensis (bristle-thighed curlew) from Hawaii are made available by Forest & Kim Starr.


Curlew or kioea distribution
Distribution of Numenius tahitiensis is from Hawaii's Birds, by Hawaii Audubon Society.


Natural history of Nihoa and Necker Islands (citation)
The Nihoa and Necker Islands Biological Survey Handbook citation, list of taxa covered in this Bishop Museum publication, and link to purchase information are on the HEAR bibliography site.

Full-text articles

Migration of bristle-thighed curlews on Laysan Island: Timing, behavior and estimated flight range View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Bristle-thighed curlews fly at least 4,000 km non-stop from Alaska to Laysan, probably with the assistance of tailwinds (The Condor, 1994).

Demography of Bristle-thighed Curlews Numenius tahitiensis wintering on Laysan Island
The nonbreeding ecology of Bristle-thighed Curlews on Laysan Island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands was studied from 1988 to 1991 and reported in IBIS (1996).

Other resources

Bristle-thighed curlew information from Wikipedia
Bristle-thighed curlew overview, with image, taxonomy, and conservation status, is available on Wikipedia.

AnAge entry for Numenius tahitiensis
Bristle-thighed curlew's maximum age (23.8 years) and other life history traits are provided by the Animal Ageing and Longevity Database.

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