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Notes on longevity and flightlessness in bristle-thighed curlews

The Auk

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https://doi.org/10.2307/4088012

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Abstract

Bristle-thighed Curlews (Numenius tahitiensis) are among the least-studied shorebirds in the world. They have a highly restricted breeding range in western Alaska and winter exclusively on remote islands in the central and south Pacific (AOU 1983, Kessel 1989). The status of these birds is not known, but they are considered to be rare throughout their range (Johnsgard 1981). We describe two unusual traits of Bristle-thighed Curlews - exceptional longevity and flightlessness during molt-and discuss their significance to the species' migration and nonbreeding ecology.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Notes on longevity and flightlessness in bristle-thighed curlews
Series title:
The Auk
DOI:
10.2307/4088012
Volume:
107
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
3 p.
First page:
779
Last page:
781