There were at one time three native types of curlews found in North America. These are the Bristle-thighed Curlew, whose range is only in Alaska, the Eskimo Curlew that was once seen in the far north-eastern regions of the continent, unfortunately the Eskimo Curlew has not been seen since the 1960's and is probably extinct.
The Long-billed Curlew is the largest shorebird found in North America, whose range is in the central regions of the continent leaning towards the western coast.
Curlews are recognized by their long downturned bills. Seen among fields and mudflats, where they are able to feed by picking up insects or by probing into the mud for their prey. These different types all have a similar brown plumage and grey legs. The Whimbrel, another large shorebird, is quite similar to this group also.
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|Pictures of Curlews of North America|