Re: Bush Stone Curlew near Morgan

To: "ozbird" <>, "Atriplex Services" <>
Subject: Re: Bush Stone Curlew near Morgan
From: "Susan Myers" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 18:40:44 +1100
> last month so people weekending on the neighbouring property could enjoy
> their weekend unmolested! (They were camping near a dam). No-one has
> ever seen a second bird. Is the aggression territorial? Is the boldness
> typical of the species? How rare are these birds? Can someone lend me a
> GPS for atlassing purposes?

This probably won't shed a great deal of light on your questions but one of
the funniest things I've seen of late involved a Bush Stone-curlew. We came
across a pair with chicks in the botanic gardens in Brisbane & were
watching them for a while when a Brush-turkey approached. It was basically
minding its own business but this was obviously not good enough for the
male SC who decided it was time to see it off. It proceeded to chase the
much-larger BT round & round the bot gardens for about 5 minutes before it
decided the BT had had enough. The poor BT looked exhausted! In this case
the Stone-curlew's aggression was obviously linked to their breeding

So that brings me to another question - does anyone know if a Brush-turkey
would devour a chick if given half a chance?

By the way, the thought of a Stone-curlew molesting tourists is mind

Susan Myers
17A Park St,Hawthorn,VIC 3122
phone: +61 3 9819 2539
Email:Susan Myers 

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