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Whimbrels + Estuarine Crocodile

Scientific name: Numenius phaeopus
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae

The Whimbrel is a wader, one of the most widespread of the curlews, breeding across much of subarctic North America, Europe and Asia as far south as Scotland.

This is a migratory species wintering on coasts in Africa, South America, south Asia into Australasia and southern North America. It is also a coastal bird during migration. It is fairly gregarious outside the breeding season.

This species feeds by probing soft mud for small invertebrates and by picking small crabs and similar prey off the surface. Prior to migration, berries become an important part of their diet. It also eats blue butterflies.

The crocodile in the background is an Estuarine, or Saltwater Crocodile, one of several resident at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. This species is the largest of all living reptiles, and is found in suitable habitats in Northern Australia, the eastern coast of India and parts of Southeast Asia.

An adult male saltwater crocodile's weight is 600 to 1,000 kilograms (1,3002,200 lb) and length is normally 4.1 to 5.5 metres (1318 ft), although mature males can be 6 metres (20 ft) or more and weigh 1,300 kilograms (2,900 lb) or larger.

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