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Species Profile and Threats Database


For information to assist proponents in referral, environmental assessments and compliance issues, refer to the Policy Statements and Guidelines (where available), the Conservation Advice (where available) or the Listing Advice (where available).
 
In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed marine
Listed migratory - Bonn, CAMBA, JAMBA, ROKAMBA
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Other EPBC Act Plans Background Paper to the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2005c) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
 
Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
 
Threat Abatement Plan for Predation by the European Red Fox (Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), 2008zzq) [Threat Abatement Plan].
 
Policy Statements and Guidelines Draft Significant impact guidelines for 36 migratory shorebirds Draft EPBC Act Policy Statement 3.21 (Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), 2009aj) [Admin Guideline].
 
Draft background paper to EPBC Act policy statement 3.21 (Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), 2009bc) [Admin Guideline].
 
Shorebirds - A Vulnerability Assessment for the Great Barrier Reef (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), 2011i) [Admin Guideline].
 
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
List of Migratory Species (13/07/2000) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000b) [Legislative Instrument].
 
Declaration under section 248 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of Marine Species (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000c) [Legislative Instrument].
 
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - Listed Migratory Species - Approval of an International Agreement (Commonwealth of Australia, 2007h) [Legislative Instrument].
 
State Government
    Documents and Websites
QLD:Shorebirds (Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP), 2013bi) [Internet].
QLD:Shorebird management strategy: Moreton Bay (Queenlsnd Department of Environment and Resource Management (Qld DERM), 2005) [Management Plan].
Non-statutory Listing Status
IUCN: Listed as Least Concern (Global Status: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: 2013.1 list)
Scientific name Numenius minutus [848]
Family Scolopacidae:Charadriiformes:Aves:Chordata:Animalia
Species author Gould,1841
Infraspecies author  
Reference  
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

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Scientific name: Numenius minutus

Common name: Little Curlew

Other names: Little Whimbrel, Pygmy Curlew, Siberian Baby Curlew

Conventionally accepted as Numenius minutus (AFD 2010; Christidis & Boles 2008).

The Little Curlew is the smallest curlew with an average length of 28–31 cm, wingspan of 68–71 cm and weight of 175 g (Birds Australia 2010; Higgins & Davies 1996).

Breeding and non-breeding plumage of adults is similar in the Little Curlew. Adult birds have strongly patterned heads, with a blackish crown, a narrow buff coloured median crown stripe, and a broad pale supercilium (eyebrow). A short blackish-brown eyestripe which is broader at the front but does not reach the bill also distinguishes the species. Lores are buff and ear coverts pale buff with fine brown streaking. The neck and breast is off white and streaked with dark brown, while the remaining underparts are white with dark brown bars noticable on the flanks. The mantle feathers, scapulars and underwing coverts are blackish-brown fringed and notched in buff. The tertial feathers are barred brown to light brown with buff notches. The bill is black-brown with a pink base to the lower mandible. The Little Curlew has a dark brown iris, and bluish-grey legs and feet (Geering et al. 2007).

Juveniles are similar to adults in plumage; however the crown appears more black-brown with an indistinct median crown stripe. Scapulars, wing coverts and mantle feathers are notched and fringed in off white instead of buff, and the streaking on the breast and flanks is less extensive and paler (Geering et al. 2007).

Little Curlews generally spend the non-breeding season in northern Australia from Port Hedland in Western Australia to the Queensland coast (Minton 2002 pers. comm.). There are records of the species from inland Australia, and widespread but scattered records on the east coast. The species has also been recorded on Lord Howe Island, Cocos-Keeling Island and Christmas Island (Higgins & Davies 1996). The species is recorded in Australia beween September and April and there are few winter records (Blakers et al. 1984). Sites of international importance for the Little Curlew within Australia, with maximum counts, include (Bamford et al. 2008):

  • Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory (NT), 180 000
  • Roebuck Plains, Western Australia (WA), 52 000
  • south-east Gulf of Carpentaria, NT, 25 000
  • Anna Plains, WA, 12 000
  • Lake Finniss, NT, 12 000
  • Roebuck Bay, Queensland, 5000
  • Derby Sewage Ponds, WA, 5000
  • Parry floodplain, Wyndham, WA, 3000.

In Queensland, the Little Curlew is generally widespread in coastal regions with some inland records (Higgins & Davies 1996). In WA, the species is recorded from Peron Peninsula, Carnarvon, McNeill Claypan and Port Cloates-Ningaloo in low numbers; and in the northern Pilbara region around Port Hedland, and in south-west, north and east Kimberley it is widespread. The Little Curlew has also been recorded in the Great Sandy Desert (Higgins & Davies 1996). In the NT, it is widespread in the top end, from Keep River National Park, east to Gove Peninsula and Groote Eylandt, and south to Kidman Springs. Also recorded in inland regions such as Alice Springs and the Tanami Desert (Higgins & Davies 1996).

The Little Curlew rarely occurs in Victoria, but has been recorded east of Wilson's Promontory and at Lake Tyers, Lake Wellington and Shallow Inlet, around Port Phillip Bay, and also from lakes in the western Victoria and in the region of Mystic Park (Higgins & Davies 1996). In New South Wales (NSW), most records are scattered east of the Great Dividing Range, from Casino, south to Greenwell Point with a few scattered records west of the Great Dividing Range (Higgins & Davies 1996). There have been a few scattered records in Tasmania, such as the Derwent River estuary, Pittwater and Cape Portland (Higgins & Davies 1996). The species is also a vagrant to South Australia where it was first recorded at Encounter Bay, but most records are clustered between Price, Gawler, the Fleurieu Peninsula and Lake Alexandrina (Higgins & Davies 1996).

Worldwide, the Little Curlew has been recorded breeding in Siberia, the upper Kochechumo River, Lena River, the foothills of the Verkhoyansk Mountains, the foothills of the Kharaulakhsky Range and the upper Indigirka River (Labutin et al. 1982; Pringle 1987). The species should not be considered an inhabitant of the sub-alpine zone (Pringle 1987). Its estimated extent of occurrence is 969 000 km2 (Birdlife International 2010).

The Little Curlew is transient through Mongolia, China, Japan, Indonesia and New Guinea; with a few records from Borneo and the Philippines (Higgins & Davies 1996; van Balen 1996). It is an irregular non-breeding visitor to both the North and South Islands of New Zealand between October and May, and a vagrant to Palau and Guam in western Micronesia and Norway (Higgins & Davies 1996).

The global trend for the Little Curlew is unknown (Birdlife International 2010). However, formerly considered rare, the species' breeding range is known to be more extensive than formerly believed (del Hoyo et al. 1996) and, in Australia, birds have probably benefited from the provision of watering holes and grassland for livestock (Higgins & Davies 1996).

Since 1981, Little Curlew populations in Australia have been regularly surveyed during the Population Monitoring Program carried out by the Australasian Wader Studies Group. Sites that regularly support good numbers of shorebirds are surveyed twice a year (winter and summer) in coordinated counts (for example, Skewes 2002, 2007).

The estimated total population of the Little Curlew is 180 000 (Birdlife International 2010) with 175 000 spending the non-breeding period within Australia (Geering et al. 2007).

Feeding habitat

The Little Curlew is most often found feeding in short, dry grassland and sedgeland, including dry floodplains and blacksoil plains, which have scattered, shallow freshwater pools or areas seasonally inundated. Open woodlands with a grassy or burnt understorey, dry saltmarshes, coastal swamps, mudflats or sandflats of estuaries or beaches on sheltered coasts, mown lawns, gardens, recreational areas, ovals, racecourses and verges of roads and airstrips are also used (Higgins & Davies 1996). 

Generally, foraging is in relatively short grass (around 20 cm tall) as the birds avoid dense tall grasses (Higgins & Davies 1996). Foraging sites are usually within 5 km of daytime roosting sites, as birds move between grassland and wetland, most feeding in drier grassland occurring during the first few hours after dawn and the late afternoon. The Little Curlew is known to fly up to 10 km for available water then return to feeding grounds; therefore the availability of drinking water is an important habitat requirement (Bamford et al. 2008; Barter et al. 1999; Higgins & Davies 1996; Minton 2002 pers. comm.). Habitat requirements in the Huang He (Yellow River) Nature Reserve are similar to those in Australia (Barter et al. 1999).

General habitat

When resting during the heat of day, the Little Curlew congregates around pools, river beds and water-filled tidal channels, and shallow water at edges of billabongs. The species prefers pools with bare dry mud (including mudbanks in shallow water) and they do not use pools if they are totally dry, flooded or heavily vegetated (Higgins & Davies 1996).

Birds may also rest in grassy, open woodlands and on bare blacksoil plains, or on dry or recently burnt grasslands on floodplains, which may be without vegetation for hundreds of metres, and occasionally on mudflats when nearby grasslands are unburnt, or around swamps. Resting has also been recorded under partly submerged vegetation. After freshwater pools dry up, roosting may occur in the shallows of reservoirs and the sea (Higgins & Davies 1996).

The Little Curlew breeds from late May to early August, in central and north-east Russia. Approximately twenty breeding sites are known, which may be an underestimate due to the inaccessibility of much of the breeding area.

Nests are a shallow depression lined with grass, on dry well-drained slopes, in open ground in Larch (Larix spp.) or Birch (Betula spp.) woodland, or often in recently burnt areas. The Little Curlew nests in loose colonies approximately 200–300 m apart and 3–30 birds have been recorded in a 1 km radius (Altmann 2004; del Hoyo et al. 1996; Geering et al. 2007; Labutin et al. 1982; Pringle 1987). Birds often choose sites in close proximity to a Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) nest, most likely in order to deter predators such as Foxes (Vulpes vulpes), Stoats (Mustela erminea) or Martens (Martes spp.) who predate on eggs and chicks. The Golden Eagle feeds mainly on Hares (Lepus spp.) found widely on breeding grounds (Pringle 1987).

Usually four eggs are laid, though sometimes three, and incubation is 22–23 days. Both sexes incubate eggs. Fledging occurs in approximately five weeks (Labutin et al. 1982; del Hoyo et al. 1996).

The Little Curlew is omnivorous, mainly eating insects, but also seeds and berries (Higgins & Davies 1996). When drinking, they stand deep in the water placing their heads and open mouths right into the water taking large gulps, and sometimes do this continuously for several minutes (Minton 2002 pers. comm.).

The Little Curlew is active, nimble in its movements and readily associates with other waders. The species moves in flocks of thousands, in a V or crescent formation, at altitudes up to 3000 m above sea level, by day and night (Higgins & Davies 1996; Pringle 1987).

Breeding and post breeding movements

The Little Curlew arrive on breeding grounds, Russia, in late May (Labutin et al. 1982). They depart breeding grounds during the second half of July (Labutin et al. 1982), with birds moving through Siberia (Yakutsk, Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions), apparently overland, as they are not recorded in Ussuriland, Russia (Dement'ev & Gladkov 1951; Cramp & Simmons 1983). The species crosses Mongolia and Manchuria in August and September, and on a narrow front to and along the western coasts of the Yellow and East China Seas (Labutin et al. 1982; Cramp & Simmons 1983).

The species is regularly recorded in Japan and coastal China, but less often in Korea, Hong Kong, Borneo, Thailand and is considered a vagrant to the Cocos-Keeling Islands (Higgins & Davies 1996). From eastern China the birds most likely fly non-stop to southern Papua New Guinea or northern Australia, arriving early September through to November (Higgins & Davies 1996).

Non breeding movement

In the non-breeding season, the Little Curlew is gregarious, and can be seen in dense flocks of several hundred, sometimes thousands, on coastal and inland grasslands and blacksoil plains of northern Australia, most often near freshwater swamps and pools or flooded ground. The species arrives in a broad front across northern Australia.

Movements and distribution within Australia are poorly understood, although probably influenced by rainfall patterns in northern Australia (Higgins & Davies 1996). In the Broome and Darwin regions, numbers gradually increase until late October and then decrease during November and December, dispersing south or inland before the onset of the first heavy rains (Collins & Jessop 2001a; Jaensch cited in Higgins & Davies 1996).

The species is an uncommon passage migrant from October to November through the Torres Strait, though many occur in southern Papua New Guinea, and a few in Timor, between October and December (Higgins & Davies 1996). In the Gulf of Carpentaria, birds forage in flocks of 30-200 moving across dry grass with birds from the back of a flock continuously flying forward to feed at the front of the flock.

Most birds leave Australia during the first two weeks of April, and those in north-western Australia probably fly non-stop to Asia. Prior to departure, staging sites vary between years. There are staging sites in the NT although they are often too wet and overgrown during March to April and not suitable for a stopover (Higgins & Davies 1996). Similarly, their presence in the Broome region is variable during March to April prior to departure, and in some years, when rainfall extends into this period, few birds are seen (Collins & Jessop 2001a).

Birds may overfly Papua New Guinea, returning via the same route on their southward migration. The bird is recorded as: a scarce passage migrant in Hong Kong between April–June; and transient in coastal China between April–May (Higgins & Davies 1996).

Within Australia, the Little Curlew may be confused with the Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) but is much smaller, with a proportionately shorter, thinner and straighter bill. The Little Curlew is most closely related to the Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis), but the latter is not found in Australia (Higgins & Davies 1996).

Habitat loss

The greatest threat facing waders in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway is global habitat loss (Melville 1997). Staging areas (mudflats) used during migration through eastern Asia are being lost and degraded by reclamation for development (Barter 2002, 2005b, 2005c; Ge et al. 2007; Moores 2006; Rogers et al. 2006; Round 2006). In many suitable staging areas along the East Asia Flyway many intertidal areas have been reclaimed, and in the mid 2000s the process was continuing with the potential to accelerate in the future (Barter 2002, 2005b, 2005c).

This Little Curlew may be more vulnerable to reclamation activities than most other waders, due to the very specific species and size classes of shellfish that they eat (Minton 2002 pers. comm.).

Other human intervention issues

Intensive oil exploration, water regulation (globally and in Australia) and diversion infrastructure in major tributaries have resulted in the reduction of water and sediment flows into mudflats, which compounds the problem of habitat loss (Barter 2002, 2005b; Barter et al. 1998; Melville 1997). Threats associated with construction, recreation activities, shellfish harvesting, fishing and aquaculture are likely to increase significantly in the future (Barter 2005b; Barter et al. 2005; Davidson & Rothwell 1993; Rogers 2001).

Migratory shorebirds are also adversely affected by pollution, such as organochlorines or heavy metals discharged into the sea from industrial or urban sources, and from agricultural pesticides (Barter 2005b; Blomqvist et al. 1987; Del Hoyo et al.1996; Harding et al. 2007; Huettmann & Gerasimov 2006; Melville 1997; Schick et al. 1987).

Hunting is still a very serious problem for waders in China, and the Little Curlew is sometimes caught (Ming et al. 1998).

Climate change

Global warming and associated changes in sea level are likely to have a long-term impact on the breeding, staging and non-breeding grounds of migratory waders (Harding et al. 2007; Melville 1997).

Weeds and predators

Important migratory stop-over sites for this species in northern Australia are also being degraded through colonisation by invasive plants, such as Mimosa (Mimosa pigra), Hymenachne (Hymenachne amplexicaulis) and Para Grass (Brachiaria mutica) (Minton 2002 pers. comm.).

Damage from the Feral Pig (Sus scrofa) and Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) are also potential threats to habitat (Bellio et al. 2006 cited in Birdlife International 2010), whilst the Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and possibly the Dog (Canis familiaris) are also a threat to the Little Curlew whilst feeding and roosting (Minton 2002 pers. comm.).

Governments and conservation groups have undertaken a wide range of activities relating to migratory shorebird conservation (AGDEH 2005c) both in Australia and in cooperation with other countries associated with the EAAF.

Australia

EAAF shorebird conservation initiatives

The Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (AGDEH 2006f) outlines national activities to support the Flyway shorebird conservation initiatives and provides a strategic framework to ensure these activities and future research and management actions are integrated and remain focused on the long-term survival of migratory shorebird populations and their habitats.

Natural Heritage Trust

From the mid 1990s to the mid 2000s, the Australian Government invested approximately $5 000 000 of Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) funding in projects contributing to migratory shorebird conservation (DEWHA 2007e). This funding was distributed across a range of projects, including: the implementation of a nationally coordinated monitoring programme that aimed to produce robust, long-term population data to support the conservation and effective management of shorebirds and their habitat: migration studies using colour bands and leg flags: and development of a shorebird conservation toolkit to assist users to develop and implement shorebird conservation projects.

Birds Australia

Birds Australia is currently co-ordinating the Shorebirds 2020 project, which aims to monitor shorebird populations at important sites throughout Australia. Birdlife International is identifying sites and regions which are important to various species of birds, including shorebirds, and the processes that are affecting them. The aim of these activities is to inform decisions on the management of shorebird habitat. It may be possible to rehabilitate some degraded wetlands or to create artificial wader feeding or roosting sites to replace those destroyed by development, such as by creating artificial sandflats and sand islands from dredge spoil and by building breakwaters (Dening 2005; Straw 1992a, 1999).

Significant Impact Guidelines

The Commonwealth government has prepared Draft Significant Impact Guidelines for 36 Migratory Birds (DEWHA 2009aj). This policy statement is designed to assist any person who proposes to undertake an action(s) to decide whether or not the action may be significant and whether they should submit a referral under the EPBC Act. In addition, the document provides mitigation strategies to reduce the level or extent of those impacts. More generally, it promotes sustainable development that allows for the continued ecological functioning of important habitat for migratory shorebirds. The policy statement applies to the 36 species wherever they occur within Australia or its territories, but does not apply to migratory shorebirds when they are outside Australia.

International

Australia has played an important role in building international cooperation to conserve migratory birds. In addition to being party to international agreements on migratory species, Australia is also a member of the Partnership for the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and the Sustainable Use of their Habitats in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (Flyway Partnership), which was launched in Bogor, Indonesia on 6 November 2006. Prior to this agreement, Australia was party to the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy and the Action Plan for the Conservation of Migratory Shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway and the East Asian-Australasian Shorebird Site Network.

The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Site Network, which is part of the broader Flyway Partnership, promotes the identification and protection of key sites for migratory shorebirds. Australia has 17 sites in the network (Partnership EAAF 2008):

  • Kakadu National Park, NT (1 375 940 ha)
  • Parry Lagoons, WA (36 111 ha)
  • Thomsons Lake, WA (213 ha) 
  • Moreton Bay, Queensland (113 314 ha)
  • Bowling Green Bay, Queensland
  • Shoalwater Bay, Queensland
  • Great Sandy Strait, Queensland
  • Currawinya National Park, Queensland
  • Hunter Estuary, NSW (2916 ha) 
  • Corner Inlet, Victoria (51 500 ha)
  • The Coorong, Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert, SA (140 500 ha) 
  • Orielton Lagoon, Tasmania (2920 ha)
  • Logan Lagoon, Tasmania (2320 ha) 
  • Western Port, Victoria (59 297 ha)
  • Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria (16 540 ha)
  • Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park, Victoria
  • Discovery Bay Coastal Park, Victoria.

There is a detailed summary of all that is known of the species in Australasia in Higgins and Davies (1996), and general discussions and summaries of the ecology, conservation and threats of this species and other shorebirds in Geering and colleagues (2007), Barter (2002) and Watkins (1993).

Management documents relevant to the Little Curlew can be found at the start of the profile.

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Agriculture and Aquaculture:Land clearing, habitat fragmentation and/or habitat degradation Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Biological Resource Use:Hunting and Collecting Terrestrial Animals:Direct exploitation by humans including hunting Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Climate Change and Severe Weather:Habitat Shifting and Alteration:Global warming and associated sea level changes Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Climate Change and Severe Weather:Temperature Extremes:climate change Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Energy Production and Mining:Oil and Gas Drilling:Exploration drilling Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Energy Production and Mining:Oil and Gas Drilling:Production of oil and gas resources Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Human induced disturbance due to unspecified activities Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Recreational Activities:Disturbance, especially from human recreational activities and development Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or predation Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox, Fox) Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Problematic Native Species:Competition and/or predation Canis lupus dingo (Dingo, Warrigal, New Guinea Singing Dog) Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Dams and Water Management/Use:Alterations to hydrology through water extraction Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Dams and Water Management/Use:Changes to hydrology due to water diversion Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Dams and Water Management/Use:Salinity Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Pollution:Agricultural Effluents:Pesticide application Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Pollution:Industrial and Military Effluents:Habitat degradation due to industrial discharge Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Pollution:Pollution:Habitat degradation and loss of water quality due to salinity, siltaton, nutrification and/or pollution Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].
Protected status:Protected status:Lack of secure conservation land tenure Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds (Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH), 2006f) [Wildlife Conservation Plan].

Altmann, H-D. (2004). Discovery of two new breeding grounds of Little Curlew (Numenius minutus) outside the known breeding range in Siberia. Journal of Ornithology. 147(4):648.

Australian Faunal Directory (AFD) (2010). Australian Faunal Directory. [Online]. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/online-resources/fauna/afd/home. [Accessed: 30-May-2010].

Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH) (2005c). Background Paper to the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds. [Online]. Canberra, ACT: Department of the Environment and Heritage. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/migratory/publications/pubs/shorebird-plan-background.pdf.

Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (AGDEH) (2006f). Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds. [Online]. Canberra, ACT: Department of the Environment and Heritage. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/migratory/publications/shorebird-plan.html.

Bamford M., D. Watkins, W. Bancroft, G. Tischler & J. Wahl (2008). Migratory Shorebirds of the East Asian - Australasian Flyway: Population estimates and internationally important sites. [Online]. Canberra, ACT: Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Wetlands International-Oceania. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/migratory/publications/shorebirds-east-asia.html.

Barter, M.A. (2002). Shorebirds of the Yellow Sea: Importance, Threats and Conservation Status. Wetlands International Global Series No. 8, International Wader Studies 12. Canberra, ACT: Wetlands International.

Barter, M.A. (2005b). Keeping the common shorebirds common: Action planning to save the Dunlin. In: Straw, P, ed. Status and Conservation of Shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Proceedings of the Australasian Shorebirds Conference 13-15 December 2003, Canberra, Australia. Page(s) 183-187. Sydney: Wetlands International Global Series 18, International Wader Studies 17.

Barter, M.A. (2005c). Yellow Sea-driven priorities for Australian shorebird researchers. In: Straw, P., ed. Status and Conservation of Shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Proceedings of the Australasian Shorebirds Conference 13-15 December 2003, Canberra, Australia. Sydney, NSW: Wetlands International Global Series 18, International Wader Studies 17.

Barter, M.A., D. Tonkinson, J.Z. Lu, S.Y. Zhu, Y. Kong, T.H. Wang, Z.W. Li & X.M. Meng (1998). Shorebird numbers in the Huang He (Yellow River) Delta during the 1997 northward migration. Stilt. 33:15-26.

Barter, M.A., D.A. Tonkinson, J.R. Wilson, Z.W. Li, J.Z. Lu, K. Shan & S.Y. Zhu (1999). The Huang He delta - an important staging site for Little Curlew Numenius minutus on northward migration. Stilt. 34:11--17.

Barter, M.A., K. Gosbell, L. Cao & Q. Xu (2005). Northward shorebird migration surveys in 2005 at four new Yellow Sea sites in Jiangsu and Liaoning Provinces. Stilt. 48:13-17.

Birdlife International (2010). Species factsheet- Numenius minutus. . [Online]. Available from: http://www.birdlife.org. [Accessed: 24-May-2010].

Birds Australia (2010). Birds in Backyards- Little Curlew factsheet. [Online]. Available from: http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Numenius-minutus. [Accessed: 30-May-2010].

Blakers, M., S.J.J.F. Davies & P.N. Reilly (1984). The Atlas of Australian Birds. Melbourne, Victoria: Melbourne University Press.

Blomqvist, S., A. Frank & L.R. Petersson (1987). Metals in liver and kidney tissues of autumn-migrating Dunlin Calidris alpina and Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea staging at the Baltic Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 35:1-13.

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