Species Index

Esacus magnirostris
(Vieillot, 1818)

Common Name: Beach Stone-curlew

Distribution: Northern and eastern Australia coastlines. The species has largely disappeared from the south-eastern part of its former range, and is now rarely recorded on ocean beaches in New South Wales.

Ecological Notes: Occurs on open, undisturbed beaches, reefs, estuarine intertidal sand and mudflats and islands preferring beaches with estuaries or mangroves nearby. It preys on crabs and other invertebrates. 

Additional Notes: The Beach Stone-curlew is active at night and on early mornings and late afternoons. It is unlikely to be mistaken for any other bird due to its large size, massive bill and prominent markings on its head.

References: Atlas of Living Australia at Beach Stone Curlew 14 August 2023.
Birds in Backyards at Accessed 24 July 2023.