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United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges

The Bristle-thighed curlew is a medium-sized shorebird that breeds in Alaska and winters on tropical Pacific islands. It has a dark brown eye stripe; a long, down-curved bill; and long, grayish-blue legs. It has a barred tail, a mottled brown back, a reddish-brown belly and rump, a streaked brown breast, and a light brown head and neck. It gets its name from the bristly feathers at the ends of its thighs and it feeds on crustaceans, small fish, bird eggs, and snails. Here a pair of curlews conduct an inspection tour on a Jarvis Island beach. Image courtesy of the USFWS.