17 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. This is a big wader with mottled beige brown on the wings, back and tail. The cap is brown with a tan line split. The eye is struck by a dark band. The legs are long and blue. It is easily recognizable by its long pink and black beak curved downward.
Category: Migratory Birds
Breeds in July / August in the tundra of western Alaska and from winter in the Pacific Islands. From September to June, it can be observed everywhere in French Polynesia where it has a clear preference for the islands and islets devoid of predators (Men, dogs, pigs, cats). It is less common in the Austral.
It’s a wader species. It seeks for food on reefs, beaches, mudflats and occasionally in the short grass.
Whistles loudly « pi-ou » ou « weou-wouit » while in flying.
To listen the Bristle-thighed Curlew:
Using his long curved beak to dig in the mud and crevices. Captures molluscs, worms and crabs but also consumes various plants.
Alaska only. A single clutch of four eggs, would be attempted.
Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.
Scientific Name: Numenius tahitiensis (Gmelin, 1789)
Kivi, teu’e, teue, kiwi (Society), kivi (Tuamotu, Mangareva), kivivi (Mangareva), kioi (Nuku Hiva), keuhe (Hiva Oa, Ua Huka)