stone curlew


: a large-headed and large-eyed bird of the family Burhinidae that is somewhat nocturnal, frequents both open heaths and rocky shores, is widely distributed in the Old World and tropical America, and in some areas is highly regarded as a game bird

called also thick-knee

dialectal, England : common curlew
South : willet

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“Stone curlew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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