Whimbrel Identification

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Adult Description

  • Large shorebird.
  • Long, down-curved bill.
  • Long neck.
  • Long legs.
  • Streaked and buffy overall.
  • Crown dark with a distinct light stripe in the middle.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but back with light spots, crown stripe less distinct, breast more buff, and with finer streaking on neck and chest.
Relative Size

Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 17.3 in (44 cm)
    • Weight: 10.9-17.4 oz (310-493 g)