EPBC Status: Critically endangered
SPRAT Species Profile: Numenius madagascariensis — Eastern Curlew
Found in: Coastal areas in Australia
Threatened Species Strategy Scorecards:
Eastern Curlew Year 3 scorecard 2018 (PDF - 396.88 KB)
Eastern Curlew Year 3 scorecard 2018 (DOCX - 268.07 KB)
Year 3 Scorecard Summary (2018)
The Eastern Curlew is a large wading bird that breeds in China and Russia and then migrates to coastal regions in Australia, south-east Asia and Papua New Guinea. Global populations are declining steadily, primarily due to loss of intertidal mudflats around the Yellow Sea which provide critically important staging and stopover sites during migration. Additional threats include coastal development in non-breeding range, bycatch in fishing nets, disturbance of nest sites and degradation of coastal mudflats.
Recovery efforts in Australia focus on coastal habitat restoration, raising community awareness and protecting important foraging sites, while research to improve understanding of the species’ needs is underway to inform better management. Internationally, the Australian Government and conservation partners are working through the Convention on Migratory Species to help protect key intertidal habitats.
However, overall Eastern Curlews are still decreasing and more work to protect the species is needed, particularly overseas. Investment by the Australian Government in international flyway agreements should yield benefits to the species in the long term.
- Threatened species strategy
- 20 birds by 2020
- 20 mammals by 2020
- 30 plants by 2020
- Three year review of progress on priority bird and mammal species
Please note that this scorecard is due for review in Year 5 of the Threatened Species Strategy (2020). If you would like to contribute information on this species please provide your contact details to ThreatenedSpeciesCommissioner@awe.gov.au
Photo credit: © Dean Ingwersen