Posted on 07/15/2013

Photo taken on July 10, 2013

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Bush Stone-Curlew

Bush Stone-Curlew
(Burhinus grallarius) One of the excellent parents of this chick. Both parents are very "hands on" in raising the chick. It was interesting to watch them select meal worms scattered by one of the keepers to either feed directly to the chick or place it in front of the chick and look intently at the worm to teach the chick to forage. These are captive birds in the South-West Bird Aviary at the Perth Zoo, Western Australia. The keepers were very proud of these birds, having successfully raised several chicks. The young have been sent to various reserves to re-establish the species. They are listed as endangered in some States of the country, eg New South Wales and Victoria.

Colin, tapaculo99, Les's Photography AKA aligeeach, Christian Reinaud have particularly liked this photo

Very nice shot. I just spent some time looking for this in my bird book: finally found it under the name of Bush Thick-knee.
5 years ago.
GirlinOz has replied to tiabunna
I didn't know they were also called that but it seems very common from having a look on the net. I have most of the latest field guides and they're listed as stone-curlews. Interesting youtube videos: and this one from the Perth Zoo from 2011 -
5 years ago.
Great bird image Wendy.
5 years ago.
Back home from our nine week holiday, just had a look at my Simpson & Day,
The Claremont Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, on page 90 item 224 it lists the
Bird as a Bush Stone-curlew "Burhinus grallarius", and at the end of the description
it says Former name 'Bush Thick-knee', there is also more information on page 346.
5 years ago.