Stone curlews have a strangely haunting look. Their wide open yellow eyes and crouched stance add to the effect of their wailing cry. Keeping a low profile is what the stone curlew does best. When confronted with danger these birds either scurry away to cover, or freeze on the spot hoping to blend into the background. Their courtship display is also a rather understated affair. Though rarely seen in Britain, stone curlews do migrate to parts of Wiltshire and Norfolk for the summer, spending the winter in the warmer climes of southern France, Spain or Africa.
Scientific name: Burhinus oedicnemus
Eurasian stone curlew
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1