Bush- Stone Curlew

Tom Newman

Frankston, Australia

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Bush- Stone curlew at Healesville Sanctuary Australia

The Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius, obsolete name Burhinus magnirostris) is a large, ground-dwelling bird endemic to Australia. Although it looks rather like a wader and is related to the oystercatchers, avocets and plovers, it is a terrestrial predator filling a similar ecological niche to the roadrunners of North America.

Like most stone-curlews, it is mainly nocturnal and specialises in hunting small grassland animals: frogs, spiders, insects, molluscs, crustaceans, snakes, lizards and small mammals are all taken, mostly gleaned or probed from soft soil or rotting wood; also a few seeds or tubers, particularly in drought years. Birds usually forage individually or in pairs over a large home range, particularly on moonlit nights.
Bush Stone Curlew are considered to be endangered in New South Wales under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. ~Wikipedia

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