- Beach Stone-curlew
name = Beach Stone-curlew
status = NT | status_system = IUCN3.1
image_width = 200px
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
genus = "
species = "E. giganteus"
binomial = "Esacus giganteus"
binomial_authority = Wagler, 1829
synonyms = "Esacus magnirostris" Vieillot, 1818
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
Australasiaand 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
Australiaas 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 Listof Threatened Species.
* [http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=30066&m=0 BirdLife Species Factsheet]
* [http://www.redlist.org/search/details.php?species=40484 IUCN Red List]
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