Beach Stone-curlew

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Beach Stone-curlew
Conservation status: Lower risk (nt)
Beach Stone-curlew
Beach Stone-curlew
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Burhinidae
Genus:Esacus
Species:E. neglectus
Binomial name
Esacus neglectus
(Vieillot, 1818)

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The Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus neglectus, formerly Esacus magnirostris) is a large, ground-dwelling bird endemic to Australasia and the islands of South-east Asia.

It is less strictly nocturnal than most stone-curlews, and can sometimes be seen foraging by daylight, moving slowly and deliberately, with occasional short runs. It tends to be wary and fly off into the distance ahead of the observer, employing slow, rather stiff wingbeats.

The Beach Stone-curlew is a resident of undisturbed open beaches, exposed reefs, mangroves, and tidal sand or mudflats over a large range, including coastal eastern Australia as far south as far eastern Victoria, the northern Australian coast and nearby islands, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is uncommon over most of its range, and rare south of Cairns.

A single egg is laid just above the high tide line on the open beach, where it is vulnerable to predation and human disturbance. The Beach Stone-curlew is classified as vulnerable.

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