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Beach Stone-Curlew

Esacus magnirostris

Description:

A very large thick-set wader. Adults have a large head, massive uptilted bill, hunched profile, stout legs and thick 'knees' (actually ankles). The upper body is predominately grey-brown with distinctive black and white patterning on the face, shoulder and secondary wings. The throat and breast are a paler grey-brown, the belly is white and the wings are white with some black on the tips. The large bill is yellow at the base and black at the tip. Beach Stone-Curlews have a large yellow eye and a broad black eye patch, with white bands above and below it. Also known as the Beach Thick-knee

Habitat:

Beach

Notes:

Beach Stone-Curlews feed mostly on crabs, hammering them open and sometimes washing them before swallowing.

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2 Comments

staccyh
staccyh 7 years ago

lovely pictures!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

That first pic a a real gem.

RachaelB
Spotted by
RachaelB

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jul 28, 2013
Submitted on Aug 27, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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