The Importance of Field Feeding to the Survival of Wintering Male and Female Curlews NumeniusArquata on the Tees Estuary

  • D. J. Townshend
Part of the Marine Science book series (MR, volume 15)


Curlews, Numenius arquata, wintering on the Tees estuary use two feeding habitats, the mudflats and the adjacent fields. In mid winter, numbers feeding on intertidal areas fall, but numbers counted on and around the estuary at high water are unchanged. This paper describes the seasonal changes in use of the two habitats shown by individual Curlews. The role of the weather in determining the changes is considered. Differences in behaviour between male (short-billed) and female (long-billed) Curlews are discussed in relation to the depth distribution of their prey. These behavioural strategies are related to the different energy requirements of the sexes.


Supplementary Feeding Standard Metabolic Rate Deep Snow Bill Length Feeding Habitat 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. Townshend
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of Durham Science LaboratoriesDurhamUSA

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