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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Numenius arquata (Eurasian Curlew)


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Species Description
The Eurasian Curlew is a semi-migratory wading bird found in temperate Europe and Asia during the breeding season, with some populations moving southward in the winter. It breeds damp, grassy areas, including moors, peat bogs and mossy heathlands, and winters on muddy shores and flats along estuaries, bays and lagoons. The Eurasian Curlew is the largest wader in its range, and is identifiable by its long, downward-curved bill; this distinctive bill is the longest, on average, in adult females. It feeds by probing the mud with its long beak, searching for small invertebrates, and will also pluck crabs and worms off of the surface; on rare occasions, it will take small rodents and birds. The Eurasian Curlew’s name comes from its call, which is a loud “curloo-oo”.
Skeletal Elements Available

Furcula (Wishbone)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Sternum (Breast Bone)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Eurasian Curlew Page

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