Trust For Nature

Bush Stone-curlew

Wary and elusive, the Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallariu) of south-eastern Australia is a largely unseen dweller of treed farmland and woodland remnants. 

Bush Stone-curlew (Debbie Reynolds)

Its eerie call, coming on dusk or during the night, its rather curious physical appearance, and its very elusiveness all contribute to the fascination this bird holds for many. On the plains of north-central and north-eastern Victoria occur the most substantial populations of this species in the State. They hold on to a precarious existence in a landscape very heavily modified for agriculture and populated with introduced predators.

There is much we don’t understand about the Bush Stone-curlew, both regarding its habits and its ecological requirements. But it is also true that we know enough about their needs that, with the requisite will, we can greatly assist them to be able to survive
and thrive in this landscape.

This book provides an overview of what we know about the Bush Stone-curlew: what it looks like, where it lives and what its habits are. This information comes in the form of both the more formal ‘scientific’ descriptions, as well as the observations, experiences and recollections directly gleaned from people living on the land.

The intention of this book is to raise the profile of the Bush Stone-curlew, and inform and inspire landholders to act to help ensure these birds continue to be part of our surrounding landscape.

Read on here.