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Alternative Name: Beach Stone-curlew
51â€“57 cm (20-22Â½ in) A large, rather ungainly bird with an outsized beak, it could be mistaken at first glance for a heron species.
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Status This large wading bird is endangered.
Open sandy and rocky beaches, exposed reefs, mangroves, and tidal sand or mudflats.
It is thought their diet consists almost entirely of crabs, with the addition of some other small crustaceans.
They lay their single egg in a shallow scrape, above the tide line; on beaches, sandbanks islands are in mangroves. They will relay if the first attempt fails. Both adults defend the nest and care for the precocial young. They become independent at around 7-12 months.
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