Alternative Name: Beach Stone-curlew
- Esacus giganteus
51–57 cm (20-22½ in) A large, rather ungainly bird with an outsized beak, it could be mistaken at first glance for a heron species.
- Greyish-brown upperparts
- Black and white striped face
- White shoulder patch
- Light grey throat
- White belly
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.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2018)
- NSW Office of Environment & Heritage
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Beach Thick-knee. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Beach_Thick-knee