How to identify

The Whimbrel is a large wading bird. It has longish legs and a long bill, which curves near the tip. It is brownish above and whitish below. In flight, it shows a white 'V' shape up its back from its tail. In the UK, this species only breeds in north Scotland. It is a passage migrant to other areas in spring and autumn on its way from and to its wintering areas in Africa. The Shetland and Orkney breeding population has been slowly increasing. It is a Schedule 1 species of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, making it an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb Whimbrels.



Dougie Preston / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
  1. Jan
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  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
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  8. Aug
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  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

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