Just Call Me Mr. Big!
With the distinction of being the largest shorebird in the world, the Long-billed Curlew has a bill that is over one-third of the length of its body. In spite of being a shorebird, these birds breed in grasslands, plains and prairies. The female will typically lay four eggs, and she will help care for the chicks initially, but will abandon them after about two weeks, leaving the male to raise the chicks until they fledge at 32-45 days of age.
Last week there were a number of Curlew pairs foraging for bugs in the pastures of north-central Montana, and I found this one to be animated, entertaining and photogenic!