Bush Stone-curlew's are large, slim, mainly nocturnal, ground-dwelling birds, and are endemic to Australia. Although they look rather like a wading bird and are related to the oystercatchers, avocets and plovers, they are a terrestrial predator filling an ecological niche similar to that of the roadrunners of North America. They specialise in hunting small grassland animals: frogs, spiders, insects, molluscs, crustaceans, snakes, lizards and small mammals are all taken. I reckon they're awesome birds, and I adore those beautiful big eyes. In recent months the curlews have moved into my local neighbourhood. I've not seen them during the day, but I have at night, and the mournful cry leaves no doubt what species it is. Check out the video.
This spotting was roadside in a small bayside village, but very close to an extensive bushland area. They seem to like open areas like golf courses and parkland as well.
This species is classifies as endangered in NSW and Victoria. They range throughout most of Australia and were formerly quite common, but have declined in numbers through habitat loss and predation by foxes and feral cats.
Lat: -27.50, Long: 153.41
Spotted on Jan 11, 2015
Submitted on Jan 13, 2015
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