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From: "Martin Wigginton" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000 15:33:02 -0000
> Does anyone know why the alternative moniker for thickknees is
> "stone-curlew"?  Is is because a beach thickknee on the beach might look
> slightly like a curlew from a great distance?  [otherwise thickknees
> 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 ]
M.J.Wigginton, 36, Big Green, Warmington, Peterborough,
PE8 6TU, United Kingdom.  Tel: +44 (0)1832 280149

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