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Great Thick-knee - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Great Stone-curlew

Photo © by Rakesh
Rangantittu, India
Esacus recurvirostris

Burhinus recurvirostris


41·5–54 cm

  • Greyish upperparts


Southeastern Iran to Indian subcontinent, Indochina and Hainan Islands.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Lowlands to 1000m, mostly along large rivers, seacoasts and islands, ravel banks or rocks along the river or lakes, coastal salt pans


Their main diet is crabs, but they will also eat insects and birds eggs.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)
  3. BF Member observations

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