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(stōn′kûrl′yo͞o, -kûr′lo͞o)
[Probably so called because the Eurasian stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) prefers dry grasslands and areas with stony soils, in contrast to the true curlews found in wetland and coastal environments.]
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Canberra: The last 12 breeding pairs of the beach stone-curlew bird indigenous to the Australasia region are under threat from feral foxes in New South Wales (NSW).
A Spoonbill has been on Anglesey's Inland Sea all week, a Stone-curlew was reported from RAF Valley on Saturday, a Quail is calling from the Alaw estuary, south of Llanfachraeth, and a Turtle Dove was near Amlwch last week.
Sharjah: The environmental inspectors have here recently seized nine traps for catching hold of migrant stone-curlew birds in the Sharjah city, in the central area of the emirate and the Hamriya area.
Great Stone-curlew, a new species of bird for the United Arab Emirates, was recorded from the Bul Syayeef area, (west Musaffah channel), just west of the city of Abu Dhabi, on 27th September 2011 under a young mangrove tree during a routine count of Greater Flamingos, Phoenicopterus roseus.
And on September 27, a Great Stone-Curlew spotted in the Bu Al Siaief Marine Protected Area, Abu Dhabi, was the first ever UAE record.
Birds such as the turtle dove, cirl bunting, stone-curlew, black grouse, black-tailed godwit, twite and corncrake could be at risk.
With its long skinny legs, large yellow eyes and habit of freezing in the face of danger, the bush stone-curlew is an endearingly strange bird.
The National Farmers Union is hoping the EU will agree to a zero per cent requirement for set aside this year; Lapwings, skylarks and stone-curlew have all benefited from set aside, says the RSPB
Some were of rare species including peregrine falcon, chough stone-curlew, corncrake and little tern.