> Does anyone know why the alternative moniker for thickknees
> "stone-curlew"? Is is because a beach thickknee on the beach
> slightly like a curlew from a great distance?
> have about as much in common with curlews as
parrots have with pigeons].
"The most widespread widespread Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), is
named from its call, which can be reminiscent of that of the Eurasian Curlew,
and from its preferred habitat which includes stony fields and stony
semi-deserts". [from Hayman et al. *Shorebirds*. 1986 ]
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