Curlew Sandpiper (Breeding plumage)
Curlew Sandpiper (Spring)
Scientific Name 
Calidris ferruginea
Arabic Name 
كروان الماء الأحمر
Kuwaiti name 
40.0 cm
19.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Common passage migrant and summer visitor. Up to 2000 recorded in late April 2007. An elegant wader of the open mudflats, often foraging in deeper water than other Calidris sandpipers.
Where in Kuwait 
Occurs on coastal brackish lagoons, tidal mud and sand-flats and also inland on the muddy edges of marshes, pools (both saline and freshwater) and irrigated farmland. This elegant bird is very social, forming large groups with other waders such as the Dunlin
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with an increasing population and is a full migrant, moving long distances by well-travelled routes. During the autumn migration adults precede the juveniles; with males leaving 3-4 weeks before the females and females leaving before the juveniles. Males do not take part in parental care, instead females group together to build nests, incubate and raise their broods.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation, oil pollution