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  Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius)





Bush Stone-curlew | Burhinus grallarius photo
Bush Stone-curlew photographed at Currumbin Sanctuary, Gold Coast, Australia.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



BUSH STONE-CURLEW FACTS

Description
The Bush Stone-curlew is a large long-legged bird that is well camouflaged in grey and brown colours. When approached it freezes. Often active at night, when its loud wailing sound can be heard from a long distance. Sometimes seen in the outer suburbs.

Size
55cm

Habitat
Open woodland where it moves amongst groundcover of dead branches, twigs and leaves.

Food
insects, molluscs, small lizards, seeds and occasionally small mammals

Breeding
Lays 1-3 eggs in a shallow scrape in the ground

Range
throughout Australia.

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "lower risk/near threatened".

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Burhinidae
Genus:Burhinus
Species:grallarius
Common Name:Bush Stone-curlew