Bristle-thighed curlew

Numenius tahitiensis
Courlis d’Alaska
Te’ue, ‘Ivi

Interesting facts

The Bristle-thighed Curlew has a length of 44 cm from the tip of its tail to the tip of its beak. It is a light brown  and beige with light spots on its back. It has long blue feet and a distinct long, curved beak. This bird generally feeds on molluscs and crabs that it digs out of the sand and crevices in the rocks using its long beak, but may also consume a range of plants and even eggs that they break into using rocks. This bird nests in the grounds of Alaska once a year and lays 4 eggs. The Bristle-thighed Curlew is unique among shorebirds in that they become flightless during their winter molt. During this vulnerable time, about 7,000 individuals migrate to the tropical islands to find refuge. They can be seen from September to April in Tetiaroa on the shores of the motu and on the barrier reef during low tide.