Slender-billed Curlew, photo: Chris Gomersall/RSPB, Morocco
Slender-billed Curlew

The Slender-billed Curlew is the rarest bird in Europe, the Middle East and the north of Africa. The last confirmed sighting was in Hungary in 2001.

The species is critically endangered. A last effort is in progress before it’s too late.

Birdwatchers are asked to be especially vigillant when watching waders and to organise trips to areas suitable for Slender-billed Curlews.

The Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris) is a medium sized wader, one of the 6 species of curlews that exist on our planet today. It used to breed in SW Siberia, where in the period of 1909-1924 very few nests had been found. Since then, no one has managed to find a single nest.
The search for the Slender-billed Curlew is the greatest ornithological challenge in Europe right now. Use this guide to learn how to distinguish the Slender-billed Curlew from similar species and what you should do if you come across one.
Maps and records of the occurence of the Slender-billed Curlew in Greece in the past decades.
Contact the Hellenic Working Group for the Slender-billed Curlew

If you observe a Slender-billed Curlew in Greece please contact us immediately at  6937168116, 6937415234, 6944901968

Photo: Chris Gomersall/RSPB, Morocco

Hellenic Working Group for the Slender-billed Curlew

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Hellenic Ornithological Society
Themistokleous 80, GR-10681, Athens, Greece,
Tel/Fax: +30 210 8227937, +30 210 8228704,
Mobile phones: 6937168116, 6937415234 & 6944901968

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