Bush Stone-curlews Baby Boom at Boyds Bay

If Bush Stone-curlews are nearby you may hear their eerie, high-pitched wailing at night. This ghost-like call is their contact call and may be given by several birds in a chorus. Rendered as weer-lo, it is repeated four or five times, sometimes culminating in a trilled, screeching crescendo. It is sometimes also heard during the day, when stone-curlews are usually inactive, standing quietly in the shade with their eyes half-closed, or squatting on the ground where their cryptic plumage makes them difficult to see among the leaf litter.

Boyds Bay is proving to be a bit of a love nest for these Bush Stone-curlews and in the last few weeks, we have welcomed three baby Bush Stone-Curlews, with only one recorded pair in existence by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service back in 1988!

The endangered Bush Stone-Curlew now has recorded 26 breeding pairs in the Tweed Shire, many of which have set up camp across six of the seven Tweed Coast Holiday Parks including Boyds Bay, Fingal, Kingscliff North, Hastings Point, Pottsville North, and Pottsville South. 

Once the babies are hatched, the chicks are tagged so we can record where they were born and track their movements.

The Bush Stone-curlew, or Bush Thick-knee, is a large, slim, mainly nocturnal, ground-dwelling bird. It is mostly grey-brown above, streaked with black and rufous. It is whitish below with clear, vertical black streaks. The bill is small and black, and the eye is large and yellow, with a prominent white eyebrow. Both sexes are similar. Young Bush Stone-curlews (babies) are similar in appearance to the adults but are paler, and a little browner in colour. Bush Stone-curlews are nocturnal birds (night birds), doing all their feeding and other activities at night.

Bush-Stone-Curlew-With-Chick-at-Tweed-Coast-Holiday-ParksBush-Stone-Curlews-With-Chick-at-Tweed-Coast-Holiday-ParksWe were fortunate enough to capture some images of the chicks, only hours old (pictured above). We think they are very cute!

If you have seen a sighting of a Bush Stone-curlew in your area, we’d love to hear about it. Email us at boydsbay@tchp.com.au

Some information is taken from www.birdlife.org.au

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