Bush Stone-curlew

Bush-stone-curlewScientific name: Burhinus grallarius
Conservation status: Least Concern
Body length: 50-60 cm
Weight: 625-670 g
Incubation: About 30 days
Number of eggs: 1-3

Distribution: Australia
Habitat: Open woodland and scrubland

Description: The Bush Stone-curlew has dark brown feathers streaked with black and reddish-brown on top and white with clear black streaks underneath. They have a striking yellow eye with a bold white eyebrow and a small black beak.

Diet: The Bush Stone-curlew is an omnivore and eats insects, molluscs, lizards and seeds.

In the wild: When this bird is breeding or incubating eggs, they search for food close to the nest. At other times they search over vast distances. The female lays her eggs in a small scrape in the ground.

Threats: Habitat destruction is a threat to these birds as well as introduced predators such as foxes and cats.

At Perth Zoo: Bush Stone-curlews can be found in the Nocturnal House and in the Birds of the South-west Aviary.

Join the Perth Zoo-coordinated Night Stalk from 1 September to 16 October and spotlight for native animals in your local bushland. Night Stalk is a great way to become involved in community conservation action and to learn about our native animals, their habitat and their threats. Night Stalk is sponsored by Tronox.

Did you know? These birds are mostly nocturnal and let out an eerie wailing call at night.

Download the Bush Stone-curlew fact sheet (pdf).

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