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Birds by name
Conservation status: Amber
A strange, rare summer visitor to southern England, the stone-curlew is a crow-sized bird with a large head, long yellow legs and relatively long wings and tail. Active at night, and its large yellow eyes enable it to locate food when it is dark. It is not related to curlews and gets its name from its curlew-like call.
It is a bird of dry, open places with bare, stony ground or very short vegetation. Its UK strongolds are in Wiltshire, around Salisbury Plain, and the Brecks, Norfolk. They are also sometimes visible from special viewing areas at our Minsmere reserve on the Suffolk Coast and Winterbourne Downs reserve in Wiltshire. The best place to see them is at Weeting Heath in Norfolk, where the Norfolk Wildlife Trust has established visitor and viewing facilities.
It arrives in March and departs in October.
Worms and insects
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.