Orison for a Curlew: In Search of a Bird on the Edge of Extinction

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The Slender-billed Curlew, Numenius tenuirostris, 'the slim beak of the new moon', is one of the world's rarest birds. It once bred in Siberia and wintered in the Mediterranean basin, passing through the wetlands and estuaries of Italy, Greece, the Balkans and Central Asia. Today the Slender-billed Curlew exists as a rumour, a ghost species surrounded by unconfirmed sightings and speculation. The only certainty is that it now stands on the brink of extinction. Birds are key environmental indicators. Their health or hardship ...

Orison for a Curlew: In Search of a Bird on the Edge of Extinction 2017, Little Toller Books, Wimborne Minster

ISBN-13: 9781908213570

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