Although territorial, adult curlews will still co-operate to fend off predators. As numbers dwindle and nests are further apart, curlew communities are less able to successfully fend off predators and more vulnerable to nest failure. We have seen a curlew pinning a crow to the ground and attacking it with its long bill.
The Latin name for the Eurasian Curlew is Numenius Arquata. This is derived from the Greek neos and mene, meaning new moon and the Latin arcuatus meaning bow-shaped both referring to the crescent shaped bill.