Beach Stone-curlew (species: Esacus magnirostris) in ALA: Lizard Island (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Esacus magnirostris
Beach Stone-curlew

©Charlie Shuetrim: Beach Stone-curlews on the shore at Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia.

©Keesha Millar: Esacus magnirostris at Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: A pair of Esacus magnirostris on the beach at Eagle Island near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Burhinidae
Genus Esacus
Species Esacus magnirostris
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Beach Stone-curlews are often seen on Casuarina Beach, especially early and late in the day. Usually one, two or three birds are seen together but up to five have been seen at the same time.

Web resources


  • Domm, S. (1977). Sea birds and waders of the Lizard Island area, The Sunbird, 8: 1-8. LIRS catalog number 4.
  • Milton, D. (1998). Distribution and abundance of beach stone-curlews on northern Great Barrier Reef islands, Sunbird, 28(2): 31-38. LIRS catalog number 574.
  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (1996). Field Guide to the Birds of Australia: Fifth Edition Penguin Books, Australia.
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