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Bush Thick-knee - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Bush Stone-curlew

Photo © by tcollins
Darwin, Australia, November 2006
Burhinus grallarius



  • Cryptic plumage
  • Long wings
  • Pale iris
  • Fine dark bill

Similar Species

Beach Thick-knee


Australia (except arid areas), southern New Guinea; vagrant to Tasmania.


Photo © by Tristan Norton
Cairns Cemetery, Queensland, November, 2009

This is a monotypic species[1].

Two subspecies rufescens and ramsayi are generally considered invalid[2].


Open Wandoo woodland, paddocks, parks, foreshore and sandy scrub.


Terrestrial and nocturnal.


The diet includes large insects, spiders, snails, small reptiles, small mammals, frogs, small fruits and seeds.


The two eggs are laid in a ground scrape.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Australian Endangered Birds
  3. BirdLife International

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