Long-billed curlews

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Long-billed curlews are easily recognized by their eight-inch bills.

The 14-inch birds use the oversized bills to probe deep within sandy areas on their coastal wintering grounds and during their migrational stops at wetlands.

The birds are sometimes seen during spring migrations at Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira wetland areas in central Kansas.

Surprisingly, the birds do their nesting in short grass prairie of the high plains, often miles from a true wetland.

Kansas' only recorded nesting curlews have been in the extreme southwest corner of the state.



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