Mobile bird identification
Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus
A rather strange looking plover like bird, the Stone Curlew is so well camouflaged it can be impossible to see until it moves. Feeding mostly at night with it's large eyes and sitting on it's nest or resting during daytime. The Stone Curlew is very vocal and it's call is often the first indication of it's presence.
Species: B. oedicnemus
An excellent video of Stone Curlew in Greece.
Note the long neck which it also extends in flight, also note the pale white underwing with dark wing tips. The Stone Curlew is a semi-nocturnal bird hence the large eyes.
Adult Male and Female
The Stone Curlew is a plover like brown bird with dark streaks, it has pale yellow legs, short pale bill and a large pale eye.
Thanks to:https://www.flickr.com/photos/42244964@N03/ (Modified)
Confirmed breeding sites
Summer visiting breeding bird to Southern Europe. Around 350 pair breed in the South of the UK. Small numbers of migrant birds also pass through the South East of England.
Breeds on heaths and arable farmland with light dry stony soil. In the UK it mainly breeds in managed locations and reserves.
Yellow bill with dark tip
Large pale yellow eye
Light and dark bands in flight
Long yellow legs
Brown speckled breast and pale white underside