When looking at this bird, its large size and long beak curved downwards immediately strike the eye. The upper part of the body is sandy-brown with dark markings, the lower part is whitish with thin and longitudinal dark streaks. In eastern populations, the beak is even longer, and the underside of the wing is practically devoid of dark markings. It is a migratory species, in some areas, there are sedentary individuals. There are 2 subspecies common in Eurasia. In Europe, the range hardly extends south beyond the 45th parallel.