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Beach Stone-curlew

(Esacus neglectus)
Alternate name(s): "Beach Thick-knee", "Reef Thick-knee"
Aboriginal name(s): "a-rabinyi", "a-wurrwin" [yanyuwa]

Size: 54-56 cm
Weight: 0.9-1.1 kg

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Beach Stone-curlew at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Beach Stone-curlew; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 23 January 2019
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, January 2019]

Frontal view of a Beach Stone-curlew (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Brunswick Heads, NSW, January 2019]

Frontal view of a Beach Stone-curlew
[Old Bar, NSW, June 2011]

Frontal view of a Beach Stone-curlew looking sideways
[Old Bar, NSW, June 2011]

Near-frontal view of a Beach Stone-curlew; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 23 January 2019
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, January 2019]

Near-frontal view of a Beach Stone-curlew (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Brunswick Heads, NSW, January 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Beach Stone-curlew (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Brunswick Heads, NSW, January 2019]

Close-up lateral portrait of a Beach Stone-curlew (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Inskip Point, QLD, December 2017]

Close-up lateral portrait of a Beach Stone-curlew, slightly different angle (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Inskip Point, QLD, December 2017]

Lateral view of a Beach Stone-curlew (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Brunswick Heads, NSW, January 2019]

Lateral view of a Beach Stone-curlew; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 23 January 2019
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, January 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a Beach Stone-curlew (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Inskip Point, QLD, December 2017]

Two Beach Stone-curlews close together (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Brunswick Heads, NSW, January 2019]

Two Beach Stone-curlews close together (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Brunswick Heads, NSW, January 2019]

Two Beach Stone-curlews on a mudflat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Newell Beach, QLD, December 2018]

Lateral view of a Beach Stone-curlew in flight (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, December 2015]

Lateral view of a Beach Stone-curlew in flight; different phase of the wing beat (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, December 2015]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

(Probably young) Beach Stone-curlew in a saltmarsh in broad daylight
[Old Bar, NSW, July 2013]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Sedentary/dispersive Elementary unit: Solitary/pair

Lateral view of a Beach Stone-curlew trying to impress the competition (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Buffalo Creek, Darwin, NT, July 2018]

Dorsal view of a Beach Stone-curlew trying to impress the competition (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Buffalo Creek, Darwin, NT, July 2018]

Food, Diet

(Amongst other things) Beach Stone-curlews feed on crustacians.

Lateral view of a Beach Stone-curlew with its prey (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Newell Beach, QLD, December 2018]

Dorsal view of a Beach Stone-curlew with its prey, a salt crab (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Newell Beach, QLD, December 2018]

Beach Stone-curlew digging its prey out of a mudflat (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Urunga board walk, Urunga Heads, NSW, July 2017]

(Probably young) Beach Stone-curlew seen digging a salt crab out of the mud in a salt marsh before shaking it, sending sand flying
[Old Bar, NSW, July 2013]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

bestcrl_pb_20190123.m4a (Darwin, NT) Various © PB

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