Two species of long-legged, generally shy, cryptically-plumaged birds. Both the Bush Stone-curlew Burhinus grallarius and Beach Stone-curlew Esacus magnirostris are breeding residents in Australia, but are also found in New Guinea, while the Beach Stone-curlew is also found throughout the Indo-Pacific.

Beach Stone-curlew

Esacus magnirostris Is a large (56 cm), heavily-built wader with a thick-set bill and conspicuous bold black and white markings on the face and upper wings. The remainder of the plumage is grey-brown above and pale grey on the chest, becoming white on the belly. It inhabits coastal areas of Australia’s north, from around Exmouth WA to northern NSW, less commonly to the NSW-Vic border. Usually s...