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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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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.
Hanson Bay is an important addition to the park, providing habitat for a number of native species, including the southern emu-wren, osprey, shy albatross, beautiful fire-tail, Cape Barren goose, bush stone-curlew and heath goanna.
The Eurasian Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) is a secretive and cryptic species with nocturnal habits, which largely relies on acoustic communication during the entire annual cycle (Cramp and Simmons 1983).
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.
RSPB conservation director Dr Mark Avery said: "Over the last decade we've enjoyed some cracking conservation successes, including removing some threatened species from the red list and increasing populations of red kite, bittern, avocet, osprey, stone-curlew and cirl bunting.
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.
Most conservation successes are with rarer species including corncrake and stone-curlew.
RARE birds such as the stone-curlew face a bleak future unless the government replaces set-aside land with schemes that will protect wildlife, the RSPB warned this week.