Beach Stone-curlew (species: Esacus magnirostris) in Gaagal Wanggaan NP (Gaia Guide)
Esacus magnirostris
Beach Stone-curlew

©Charlie: Beach stone-curlew

©Charlie: Beach Stone-curlews

©Anne: Beach Stone-curlew in flight at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Burhinidae
Genus Esacus
Species Esacus magnirostris
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 58 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 1 kg


  • Up to 110 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus magnirostris)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It occurs in Australasia, the islands of South-east Asia. a resident of undisturbed open beaches, exposed reefs, mangroves, and tidal sand or mudflats over a large range, including coastal eastern Australia as far south as far eastern Victoria, the northern Australian coast and nearby islands, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is uncommon over most of its range, and rare south of Cairns. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings



© Swiss Winnasis


nocturnal (active at night)   It is less strictly nocturnal than most stone-curlews, and can sometimes be seen foraging by daylight, moving slowly and deliberately, with occasional short runs. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (1996). Field Guide to the Birds of Australia: Fifth Edition Penguin Books, Australia.
  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.