Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) Alcaravão

Stone Curlews are resident and get their name from their call resembling a Curlew while their habitat is on stony broken ground with little cover. Their camouflage is extraordinary and they can be difficult to see even when surprisingly close. They are most commonly found about 100-200 mts from working farms with dung heaps and are active more often at night when they walk in to the said dung heaps to feed on the insects therein. Sometimes, especially towards the end of the year, they gather together into sizeable flocks which are then called "Apparitions"; the name describes both their rarity and the ease with which one can see through or miss them!


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