Curlew, or Scolopax arqua-ta, L. an aquatic bird, large flocks of which visit the sea-coasts and marshes, feeding on shells, frogs, crabs, and other marine insects.— In summer, they retire to the mountainous and unfrequented parts of the country, where they pair and breed.

Curlews differ much in weight and size, some weighing 3/ ounces, others not 22; the largest seldom exceed 25 inches in length, and are generally from 3 to 4 feet broad, with their wings expanded. Their flesh is extremely rank and fishy, though some have highly commended it for its flavour and delicacy.