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Beach Stone curlew

Scientific name
Esacus magnirostris

NT Conservation Status

Near threatened
beach stone curlew

Distribution map
beach stone curlew distribution map

Body 560mm

Weight 900-1100g

Factsheet Beach-stone curlew   PDF (688.8 KB)


Beach Stone-curlews are large, ground-dwelling birds with massive uptilted bills, large yellow eye, upper body is predominately grey-brown with distinctive black and white patterning on the face and shoulder and stout legs.


It is less nocturnal than most stone-curlews, and can be seen foraging in daylight, moving slowly and deliberately. Birds tend to head bob when agitated. They stalk prey in the shallows or around rocks.


A single egg is laid directly onto the sand in a shallow scrape. The chick will stay with the parents for 18 months and help raise the following years chick.


Prefers sandy shores and rocky areas along coastal and mangrove mudflats.


Habitat Loss, humans, feral dogs, ATV, feral pigs

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