The Eurasian Curlew, ''Numenius arquata'', is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae. It is one of the most widespread of the curlews, breeding across temperate Europe and Asia. In Europe, this species is often referred to just as "the Curlew", and in Scotland known as the "whaup" in Scots.
This is the largest wader in its range, at 50–60 cm in length, with a 89–106 cm wingspan and a body weight of 410–1,360 g . It is mainly greyish brown, with a white back, and a very long curved.. more