Michele Lamberti Numenius arquata. If ever a bird had a perfect name, then this is it. If ever a bird had a perfect name, then this is it. Bear this in mind if you are trying to record nocturnal migration in areas where Curlews are permanently or temporarily in residence. Shop 1. Background: Song Thrush Turdus philomelos. Recording of the song and call of the curlew. Vanellus vanellus : Lapwing - Charadriidae, Cuculus canorus : Common Cuckoo - Cuculidae, Acanthis flammea : Redpoll - Fringillidae, Anser brachyrhynchus : Pink-footed Goose - Anatidae, Interviews with wildlife sound recordists. More distant calls will be lacking harmonics and may also seem to lack any ‘forelegs’. Background: Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus and Eurasian Lynx Lynx lynx. Search. Bar-tailed godwit. Explore 94,800 selected recordings of music, spoken word, and human and natural environments. First call shown. The two commonest types, separated by us because they usually sound quite different, can also grade into one another. m) Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Hanko, Uusimaa, Finland, 04:01, 23 April 2020. Explore 94,800 selected recordings of music, spoken word, and human and natural environments, The British Library Board acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors to this recording and the rights of those not identified. 190827.MR.024505.02, b) Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Bay of Skaill, Orkney, Scotland, 01:05, 27 August 2019. Quip calls and husky chatter of a small flock of nocturnal migrants. Low rising whistles of a single individual. Common Ringed Plover. Sonagram shows third call, at 0:03. Sonagram shows calls at 0:10. Beyond a certain distance, quieter first and last sounds may ‘fade in’ and ‘fade out’. Populations of curlews have declined in recent years due to loss of suitable breeding habitat to more intensive farming methods and forestry. ‘Curlew’ evokes the sound of this bird’s voice, and everything about Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata seems to curl, curve or coil, starting with the bill. Call shown in sonagram occurs at 0:04. Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Möklinta, Uppland, Sweden, 02:31, 18 April 2012. No species demonstrates better what is known as a ‘graded repertoire’. Rising whistles of a small flock migrating north. If you are a member of a licensed UK HE/FE institution you can access more recordings, download tracks and more... You have been logged out of the system due to inactivity. Provides entries on millions of recordings held by the British Library. For full recording and a zoomed-out sonagram, see top of page. l) Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England, 00:35, 07 March 2018 (Paul Morton). Poole ‘Curlew’ evokes the sound of this bird’s voice, and everything about Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata seems to curl, curve or coil, starting with the bill. 190827.MR.044718.02, e) Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Bay of Skaill, Orkney, Scotland, 03:15, 27 August 2019. alarm call. 190827.MR.034513.02, d) Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Bay of Skaill, Orkney, Scotland, 04:47, 27 August 2019. BH15 1HJ Low rising whistles of two individuals, one distant and another close. Low rising whistles of a single individual. Background: Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus. 120418.MR.023112.01               Please use headphones. Background: Greylag Goose Anser anser. Stewardship schemes are helping to increase available breeding habitat. Background: Greylag Goose Anser anser and Pied Wagtail Motacilla yarrellii. However, Curlews that are not in migration mode can certainly produce additional types of calls while flying at night, especially when nesting. A - Z. Background: Tawny Owl Strix aluco. The curlew is easily recognised among waders by its large size and distinctive, downwardly curving bill. Even their repertoire as a whole is one smoothly turned gradient, where very different-sounding calls grade into one another. Eurasian Curlew has a large repertoire of calls, in which many variations and intermediate call types are possible. Background: European Herring Gull Larus argentatus. Only a third call-type, which can be described as husky chatter, gives any real identification challenge. Allow our featured recording above to take you to a wild and special place. Also, there is more likely to be a ‘foreleg’ visible. Even their repertoire as a whole is one smoothly turned gradient, where very different-sounding calls grade into one another. sequence of three types of sound with hardly a break, 1) low, rising whistles in accelerating series, leading to…, 2) a fast series of ‘vibrato’ (frequency modulated) notes, then…, exact details highly variable during nocturnal flight, durations from 3 – 5.5 s in a sample of five. Background: Greylag Geese Anser anser. Enefco House Common Sandpiper. Background: Redwing Turdus iliacus. Others were also in the area. Sonagram shows first call. 120418.MR.023112.01, k) Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Bay of Skaill, Orkney, Scotland, 03:39, 27 August 2019. The call of the curlew is an unmistakable, plaintive, and lonely 'cour-leee' from which the curlew actually derives its name. 190827.MR.033950.02. Background: European Herring Gull Larus argentatus. Or can you share information on its content - timings of key sections or important details? Sonagram shows section from 0:06 – 0:14. At closer range, two clear bands nearly always show in sonagrams, a fundamental and second harmonic, sometimes more. 120417.MR.212245.11. 120417.MR.212245.11, o) Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Möklinta, Uppland, Sweden, 21:22, 17 April 2012. Outside the summer breeding season, it is found along the coast where it gathers together in large flocks with other waders to feed. Black-tailed Godwit . Between three and five chicks are fed initially by both parents and then by just the male before they fly after five to six weeks. The thrill of Eurasian Curlews migrating at night is not in their rarity, nor the challenge of identifying them, but in the atmospheric beauty of their calls. App. Quee-quee calls, husky chatter and low whistles of at least one individual. "The Plight of the Curlew", by Andrew Coslett is one of a number of original pieces available for sale to raise money for our work. p) Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England, 00:30, 6 March 2018 (Paul Morton). During the breeding season, this is also accompanied by an attractive bubbling call whilst in flight. 190827.MR.031505.02, f) Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Arne, Dorset, England, 04:46, 25 October 2016. At a distance the calls sound less harsh, and quieter ones become inaudible. Head over to our Podcast page to listen to interviews and programmes about Curlew around the world. Sounds Can you tell us more about the context of the recording? First call shown. Sonagram shows call at 0:08. Legal and ethical usage ». Doubled rising whistles of at least one individual in flight, possibly migrating. song. Some birdsong in the background. There are currently around 38,000 pairs breeding in Britain, with over 100,000 wintering around the coast. The “bubbling” song-flight of the Curlew over its breeding ground. Please add your notes. There are currently around 38,000 pairs breeding in Britain, with over 100,000 wintering around the coast. What is this? Listen to Curlew on british-birdsongs.uk, which is a comprehensive collection of English bird songs and bird calls. Although some birds in the recordings above were probably not migrating, the calls described are those that we know to be given by nocturnal migrants. Background: Greylag Goose Anser anser and Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus. Note that at 0:04 two individuals are calling simultaneously. Higher-pitched rising whistles of at least two individuals. Husky chatter, quip calls and low rising whistles of a small flock of nocturnal migrants. Sonagram shows calls at 0:17. i) Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Texel, Noord-Holland, Netherlands, 02:20, 4 September 2018. Sonagram shows first call. 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