Beach Stone-curlew

The Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus giganteus) also known as the Beach Thick-knee, is a species of bird found in Australia and the islands of South-east Asia. It is a resident of undisturbed open beaches, exposed reefs, mangroves, and tidal sand flats. Its large range includes 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 through most of its range.

It isn’t as nocturnal as other stone-curlews, and is sometimes observed foraging during the daytime. It moves slowly and intently, and will make occasional short dashes. It is wary of intruders and will tend to fly off into the distance with slow, stiff wing beats. The female lays a single egg on the open beach just above the high tide line, where it is vulnerable to predators and human disturbance. This species is listed as near Threatened by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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