Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) 2016
The Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) is North America's largest sandpiper and is classified in the Scolopacidae with the curlews, wimbrels, godwits, snipes, Sanderlings, and other sandpipers.
The Long-billed Curlew breeds in the grasslands of western and central North America. In winter they travel to the Pacific, southeastern Atlantic, Mexico and Gulf of Mexico coasts. They are common and more numerous in the west.
Populations of the birds were seriously reduced due to hunting during the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. They have since recovered and its status was changed in 2008 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature to Least Concern.
A reliable location for observing this wintering bird in the southeastern US is where this image was taken at Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, St. Petersburg, Florida.