whimbrel

[hwim-bruhl, wim-]
noun
a curlew, Numenius phaeopus, of both the New and Old Worlds.

Origin:
1520–30; whim (perhaps imitative) + intrusive -b- + -rel

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whimbrel (ˈwɪmbrəl)
 
n
a small European curlew, Numenius phaeopus, with a striped head
 
[C16: from dialect whimp or from whimper, alluding to its cry]

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The whimbrel has grayish wing linings, while the curlew's are cinnamon-colored.
The whimbrel also has a shorter bill and lacks the cinnamon coloration on the underside of its wings.
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