Bush Stone-curlews (Burhinus grallarius) are an endangered species in Victoria and New South Wales and vulnerable in South Australia.
Their colouring makes them hard to see in bushland, especially in the evenings, when they are most active.

Bush Stone-curlews stand 50 – 60 centimetres tall, with long gangly legs, large yellow eyes, and grey-streaked upper parts.
Curlew's diet consists of crustaceans, grasshoppers, spiders, lizards, centipedes, snails, small frogs, small reptiles, ground beetles, crickets, caterpillars, seeds and small fruits. They only eat what is on the surface.

Removing fallen timber from around trees takes away cover and camouflage for nesting curlews. Their reliance on fallen timber makes them particularly vulnerable.

curlew
adult

When threatened (presumably in the presence of a nest), they may raise their wings wide and high in an impressive threat posture and emit a loud hoarse hissing noise.

chick Curlew chicks can walk almost as soon as they hatch. Newly hatched curlew chicks weigh 26-34 g and are covered with thick, pale, grey down and are boldly marked with dark brown to black stripes.


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