Beach Stone-curlew

Beach Stone-curlew

name = Beach Stone-curlew

status = NT | status_system = IUCN3.1
image_width = 200px
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
ordo = Charadriiformes
familia = Burhinidae
genus = "Esacus"
species = "E. giganteus"
binomial = "Esacus giganteus"
binomial_authority = Wagler, 1829
synonyms = "Esacus magnirostris" Vieillot, 1818
"Esacus neglectus"
"Burhinus giganteus"
"Burhinus magnirostris"

range_map_caption = Light green shows distribution of E. giganteus. Dark green for E. recurvirostris

The Beach Stone-curlew, "Esacus giganteus" also known as Beach Thick-knee is a large, ground-dwelling bird occurs in Australasia and the islands of South-east Asia.

It is less strictly nocturnal than most stone-curlews, and can sometimes be seen foraging by daylight, moving slowly and deliberately, with occasional short runs. It tends to be wary and fly off into the distance ahead of the observer, employing slow, rather stiff wingbeats.

The Beach Stone-curlew is a resident of undisturbed open beaches, exposed reefs, mangroves, and tidal sand or mudflats over a large range, including coastal eastern Australia as far south as far eastern Victoria, the northern Australian coast and nearby islands, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is uncommon over most of its range, and rare south of Cairns.

A single egg is laid just above the high tide line on the open beach, where it is vulnerable to predation and human disturbance.

The Beach Stone-curlew is classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

External links

* [ BirdLife Species Factsheet]
* [ IUCN Red List]

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