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The Long-billed Curlew is the largest nesting or regularly-occurring sandpiper in North America. It is 50–65 cm (20–26 in) long, 62–90 cm (24–35 in) across the wing and weighs 490–950 g (1.1–2.1 lb).
Their breeding habitat is grasslands in west-central North America.
This species was once an abundant breeder over most of the prairie regions of the USA and Canada. Populations have declined throughout this range since the beginning of the 20th century as a result of over-hunting and habitat loss