This bird has an eerie night cry, totally at odds with the happy little bird that issues it.
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.
Saving Wildlife Together: With your support we can continue our work in partnership with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to reintroduce bush stone-curlew in to urban Perth reserves.
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At Perth Zoo: The Bush Stone-curlew can be found at the Cockatoo exhibit in the Australian Bushwalk.
Did you Know?
These birds are mostly nocturnal and let out an eerie wailing call at night.