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Information for Bush stone-curlew - Burhinus grallarius

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Bush stone-curlew
Burhinus grallarius

When you hear a scream at night, it is quite possibly just one of these interesting birds.


Bush stone-curlews - With chick - Burhinus grallarius - Photo by Karen Bromley

For visitors to the area, the sound of Bush stone-curlews can be unnerving. There call is a high pitches scream, almost like a childs.

They are active at night when they hunt frogs insects and spiders as well as small snakes and lizards. During the day they will mainly hide in shadow under trees or bushes.

In northern Queensland, they have adapted well to living in urban environments where it can often be seen at night on large grassy areas with nearby bushland.