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Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is a large wader with distinctive long down-curved bills. It has grayish-brown back and pale grayish underparts. Legs are of medium length and is bluish-gray. Its crown is dark with a conspicuous whitish supercilium and narrow buff crown stripe.

Whimbrel is omnivorous; it uses its long bills to pick insects out of rock crevices, mud and vegetation. Berries are also consumed when food is in short supply on the migration path.

Whimbrel can be seen in the Bandipur National Park, Karnataka.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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