English Name Little Curlew
Scientific Name Numenius minutus
German Name Zwergbrachvogel
Spanish Name Zarapito Chico
French Name Courlis nain
Little Curlew
Peters Family Name SCOLOPACIDAE(Tringinae):Sandpipers Order 1496.0
Sibley Monroe Family Name SCOLOPACIDAE(Tringinae):Sandpipers,Curlews,Phalaropes Order 3034.0
Gill Family Name SCOLOPACIDAE:Woodcocks,Snipes,Sandpipers,Phalaropes Order 1438.0
New 2013 Family Name SCOLOPACIDAE,Numeniinae:Curlews Order 1516.0
English Synonyms
  • Little Whimbrel
  • Pygmy Curlew
$Bartramia longicaudata Bertoni,1914,Fauna paraguaya:catálogos sistemáticos de los vertebrados del Paraguay:peces, batracios, reptiles, aves, y mamíferos conocidos hasta 1913,p.38. (upper Río Paraná).
Authority Gould 1841
Habitat br montane taiga,often in river valleys,preferably w. 2ary vegetation,such as grassy clearings in sparse larch or dwarf birch woodland;nonbr.dry inland grassland,blacksoil plains,always near fresh water
Breeding breeds late May to early August
Migratory.Occurs on passage(mid-August to October) southern Siberia,Mongolia,Japan,China,East Indonesia & New_Guinea;presumably moves in narrow front to & down coasts of Yellow & East_China_Seas.Route south of China lies east of Borneo.Presumably flies non-stop from China to southern New Guinea and northern Australia,and same route back. Main winter quarters south New Guinea and northern Australia,and are reached in early September. Erratic movements movements within Australia depending on rainfall;once dry grassland becomes wet at the start of the monsoon (November-December) moves further inland,being most abundant on Barkley Tableland in Northern Territory during the main wet season (January to early April). In some years,reachs southern Australia and Tasmania,rarely New Zealand.Flocks move north from early April, primarily through unflooded grasslands near Broome in northwest Western Australia and Karumba in northwest Queensland, Departs northern Australia late March to late April,probably non-stop to China.