Little Curlew
Little Curlew (With Northern Lapwings and Common Starlings)
Little Curlew
Scientific Name 
Numenius minutus
Arabic Name 
كروان الماء الصغير
Kuwaiti name 
57.0 cm
31.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 

In Kuwait


Extremely rare vagrant recorded once in Kuwait on irrigated pivot field habitat. The world’s tiniest curlew; a little-known species with a small global population. It breeds in Siberia and usually winters in Australasia.
Where in Kuwait 
Only 1 record for Kuwait in December 2007 on an irrigated farmland where it was found in a cultivated field with crops less than 20 cm tall.
In the world 
This species has a large range with a stable population. It is strongly migratory, travelling from mid-August to October along the coast of eastern Asia on a narrow front with few stop-overs. Discovered in Australia in 1840, this species as its name suggests, is the smallest of the curlew species. This species reaches its main wintering grounds in Australia in early September.
Local threats 
Agricultural intensification and pesticide contamination.