Bush Stone Curlew

The Bush Stone Curlew, also called the Bush Thick-knee, is native to Australia. Although still common in the north the southern population has been much reduced due to loss of habitat. They inhabit open forests, grasslands and salt marshes.

Bush Stone Curlews are ground dwelling birds. They are nocturnal hunters that eat a wide variety of prey including frogs, spiders, insects, mollusks, snakes and lizards. During the day they remain almost motionless.

When threatened they freeze rather than running away. Their call at night is a high pitched wail.

Bush Stone Curlew @ Safari Niagara

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriformes
Family: Burhinidae
Genus: Burhinus
Species: Burhinus grallarius

Did you know?

  • The birds can live as long as 30 years