Beach Stone-curlew

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

Scientific Name: Esacus magnirostris
Malay Name: Kedidi-Malam Besar Pantai
Chinese Name: 澳洲石鸻

Range:
Breeding Range: Andaman and Nicobar Island, coastal Malay Peninsula, Indonesian archipelago towards Philippines on the northern side, New Caledonia on the western side and northern Australia on the southern side.

Taxonomy:
Monotypic.

Size: 53-57 cm

Identification:
Large, thickset bird with medium long sturdy legs, heavy head, bulky bill and broad wings. Bustard-like appearance. Head marked with black, white and grey/brown stripes. In flight, upperwings show mostly grey secondaries and mostly white inner primaries. Underwings all white except for black-tipped secondaries and outer primaries.

Habitat: Undisturbed sandy beach and sandflats often near mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Mostly crepuscular and nocturnal. Vocal at night.

Local Status: Very rare resident. Likely extirpated.

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)

Past accepted records in our database:

Photos:

External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Beach Thick-knee)

References:
BirdLife International. (2016). Esacus magnirostris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22728621A94992570.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.