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.

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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