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Stone Curlew
Burhinus oedicnemus

Map of the common names


Big bird (L 40 cm), ungainly appearance, identied by its round head and big yellow eyes. The Stone Curlew breeds on open, bare ground or areas with little vegetation, sandy or rocky plains. In winter, it prefers marshes and coast areas. Birds feed mainly at night on invertebrates. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

During last years numbers fell in practically all countries within the European range. The destruction of steppe lands through irrigation and conversion to cereals; the reduction of grazing which left much grassland unsuitable for Stone Curlews because of vegetation growth; hunting and disturbances are the major threats.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 30,000 / 50,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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