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Bird Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius)

Blake

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Scientific Name: Burhinus grallarius

Common Name: Bush Stone-curlew

Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Burhinidae

Other Names: NA

Distribution: All Australian states

Habitat: Untidy grassy woodlands with low, sparse grassy or herb understorey.

Field Notes: A long legged bird with a sharp dextorous beak and body. The main body consists of white and brown patterning and dark drown wing tips. When scared or threatened it will freeze, often in odd postures as a defencive mechinisim. Despite this the Bush Stone-curlew is a very fast runner and capable flyer. A nocturnal hunting bird, they are often forund in pairs. When a nest is threatened they may raise their wings and emmit a loud hissing noise. Their ability to stay still and hidden during the day makes them difficult to spot for humans. They can be heard at times by a distinctively eerie call, “wer-loo wer-loo”.

Photos By Blake - July 2011 - Location: Australia Zoo

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Video showing the call
[video=youtube;RZWHUU41gsk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZWHUU41gsk&feature=related[/video]
 
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It is said that curlew sounds off someone dies. this was a belief of the aboriginal of Brisbane and in North burnett I believe
 

Corin

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Not meaning any offence, but that does explain why there are so many dead people...
 

Dusty Miller

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I've seen these in West End, right near the centre of the city in Brisbane walking by the river. They just stand there and pretend to be invisible. Surprised the cats don't get them.
 
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They are pretty silly things the cats may not get them cars do!
 
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