Three migratory birds compiled by UN Environment for World Migratory Bird Day, 10 May 2017

The Far Eastern curlew, a shorebird, spends its breeding season in northeastern Asia, including Siberia, Kamchatka and Mongolia. Its breeding habitat is marshy and swampy wetlands and lakeshores. Most individuals winter in coastal Australia, with a few heading to South Korea, Thailand, Philippines and New Zealand, where they stay at estuaries, beaches, and salt marshes.

The whooping crane, the tallest North American bird, is an endangered species named for its whooping call. About 300 whooping cranes breed in Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada and migrate to the Gulf coast of Texas, USA, for the winter. The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma is a major stopover. Conservationists are trying to establish new wild populations from captive birds.

A small, slender white bird, the Arctic tern is well known for its marathon yearly migration. Its travel from its some northern breeding colonies to wintering grounds off Antarctica exceeds 40,000 km. This is the longest migration of any bird.

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