The Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) has suffered significant population declines and range contraction over the last 150 years, and remains a species of concern through much of its breeding range. Populations on the Great Plains are apparently more threatened than those in intermontane regions. Long-billed Curlews breed on open grasslands, but will also use ploughed and planted fields during migration, brood-rearing, and even nesting seasons. They prefer habitats with very short grass for nesting, and are quite tolerant of heavy grazing pressure, often preferring grasslands that have been grazed or burned, or even those covered with invasive cheatgrass. Long-billed Curlews are relatively long-lived birds with low annual productivity; breeding sucess often depends on climatic conditions more than other influences. The British Columbia population has declined in some areas such as the Okanagan, but is increasing in others, notably the Rocky Mountain Trench, and is probably stable in the most important
Cannings, Richard J.. 1999. Status of the Long-billed Curlew in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Species Status Report. WR96
Topic: Species Status
Keywords: long-billed curlew, numenius americanus, species, status, report
Scientific Name: Numenius americanus
English Name: Long-billed Curlew
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