The Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) is a large, ground-dwelling bird of extraordinary grace and beauty. Due to land clearing practices in NSW it’s now on the endangered list. Although the Bush Stone-curlew looks rather like a wader and is related to the oystercatchers, avocets and plovers, it is a dry-land predator: essentially a winged terrestrial carnivore.
Like most stone-curlews, it is mainly nocturnal and specialises in hunting small grassland animals, during the day they tend to remain inactive, sheltering amongst tall grass or low shrubs and relying on their cryptic plumage to protect them from their only natural predators: raptors.
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  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    What a great write-up! They a a very interesting looking bird, I swear if I am ever out that way….I am camping in your back yard….lol ~ Great capture!

  • Thanks Kimberly ….. you’re very welcome to camp here … it’s amazing and these birds are really so awesome. They’ve adopted us at work and all my workmates love them and look out for them!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    Good capture!

  • Gorgeous birds …. quite primal!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

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  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

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