[Mystery bird] Bristle-thighed Curlew, Numenius tahitiensis, photographed on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge — one of the most remote coral atolls on earth — a US territory in the north Pacific Ocean [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
NOTE: Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.
For those who can’t see this bird’s bristles, they’re actually quite visible, as you can see from the isolated shot on the right:
This lovely migratory endangered species has a life history character that makes it unique in its group. Can you tell me what that character is? [Hint: this character is also thought to be the reason this species is endangered]
Bristle-thighed Curlews are unique among shorebirds because they alone become flightless during their autumnal molt. Unfortunately, because these birds winter on islands throughout the south Pacific Ocean, they experience heavy predation by domestic cats and dogs as well as pigs while moulting/flightless.