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Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis)


The Eskimo curlew was widely hunted for market. Eskimo curlew meat was all dark and prized for its flavor. Demand was not high before 1880, but as the passenger pigeon population declined, hunters began to look for a replacement and turned to the easily harvested and flavorful Eskimo curlew.

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