Bush stone-curlews (Burhinus grallarius) aka bush thick-knees are large(ish), long-legged, principally nocturnal ground dwelling birds.
With mottled Grey / Brown plumage and their uncanny ability to remain motionless for extended periods they are well camouflaged in their preferred nesting and retiring (daytime) habitat of scrubby areas of weathered woodland leaf litter and brick-a-brack.
Curlews are omniverous feeding mostly on seeds, insects, spiders and small frogs and reptiles. Rather scarse (overall) in the Southern areas of the Australian mainland, their status varies between at risk, vulnerable and endangered throughout New South Wales, Victoria, South and Western Australia though how much science is behind these assignments is not known.
Modern research is underway to ascertain their numbers and metropolitan distribution more accurately.
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