Beach Stone-curlew

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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 visitor

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Esacus magnirostris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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

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