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Eurasian stone-curlew

Burhinus oedicnemus


"It is a medium-sized wader with a strong yellow and black beak, large yellow eyes, and cryptic plumage. The bird is striking in flight, with black and white wing markings."


The stone curlew occurs throughout Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia. It is a summer migrant in the more temperate European and Asian parts of its range, wintering in Africa.


Spotted at the Pairi Daïza park.

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cedautinger 4 years ago

Thank you for the identification, I've updated the info ;)

Dangermouse 4 years ago

'Thirded' isn't a word, but I agree! :) And I love the photo - the expression is fantastic!

Liam 4 years ago

Eurasian Stone-Curlew seconded. :)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 4 years ago

I thin Carolina got it perfectly...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 4 years ago

I never seen this one... but its legs are matching with the one Alice...hinted..!!

sttweets 4 years ago

@alicelongmartin & @AshishNimkar We don't have wild Roadrunners here in Western Europe (unfortunately)

sttweets 4 years ago

Was this bird spotted in the wild, or in some kind of zoo? A part of the bird makes me think of a pheasant, but then it should have a shorter and curved beak I think.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 4 years ago

May be juvenile Roadrunner bluish legs..!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 4 years ago

I love its look in second picture... Great expressions..!!

Carolina 4 years ago

Maybe a young Eurasian stone-curlew?

alicelongmartin 4 years ago

Looks related to our Road Runner!

Région wallonne, Belgium

Lat: 50.58, Long: 3.89

Spotted on Jul 30, 2011
Submitted on Aug 12, 2011

Spotted for mission

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