Whimbrel (Palau)

Numenius phaeopus variegatus




Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Olive to buff tinted with brown and lavender.

Number of Eggs:

3 - 5

Incubation Days:


Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

On ground.

Nest Material:

Lined with grasses and moss.





Whimbrel (Palau): Medium-large long legged sandpiper with brown and white mottled upperparts and buff underparts with faint streaks on sides and flanks. Crown is white striped black and neck is long and streaked. Bill is long, black and decurved. Tail and rump are brown and black barred. Sexes are similar. Female is slightly larger. No seasonal variation.ÊJuvenileÊis similar toÊadult, but upperparts areÊbrown with buff fringes and spots; underparts are more buff;Êhudsonicus is more brownÊabove and more buff below.

Breeding and Nesting

Whimbrel (Palau): These birds live on the tundra during breeding season. Three to five olive to buff eggs tinted with brown and lavender are laid in a shallow depression lined with soft grasses, mosses and lichens. Both parents incubate the eggs for about 28 days and care for the chicks until they fledge, 34 to 42 days after hatching.

Foraging and Feeding

Whimbrel (Palau): They have a broad diet which includes marine invertebrates such as brachyuran crabs and other crustaceans, marine worms and mollusks, and also fish. They are visual foragers. It probes deeply into the mud and moves as it feeds. They also pick up food found on the ground. They sometimes take large prey, tearing it into pieces small enough to eat.


Whimbrel (Palau): Emits a series of loud, clear whistles "pip-pip-pip-pip-pip." Alarmed pairs will produce a trilling call.

Similar Species

Whimbrel: Long-billed Curlew is larger, has longer bill, and lacks head stripes.


Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X