A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bush Thick-knee (Curlew)

The Bush Thick-knee (Burhinus grallarius) is a large ground dwelling nocturnal bird. When you find them during the day they freeze into a statue like pose. If the female is sitting on eggs, the male will run at you and hiss.
Most Australians know them from the eerie scream like call they make at night. Click here to hear a recording.
Aboriginal stories often associate them with death or malevolence.


  1. Well this is interesting on a number of fronts ... I did not know curlews were called bush thick-knees. Also, I have never seen one but I do know their call.

  2. Excellent post, I have not come across these. Thanks also for the sound recording link, very useful.
    Regards, Keith.

  3. just found one hit by a car in perth - bummer, dont think it will survive.


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