Eurasian Stone-curlew

      Burhinus oedicnemus

      Information

      The Eurasian Stone-curlew's presence is often only betrayed by its nocturnal, plaintive calls. It inhabits open, stony or sandy, sparsely vegetated ground which has become rare almost everywhere. The plain plumage is an excellent camouflage.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      regular, rare migrant, extremely rare summer visitor
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      -
      Migration behaviour
      resident to short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      38-45
      wing span (cm)
      76-88
      Weight (g)
      370-450
      Nest site
      ground
      Food
      earthworms, insects, spiders
      Group
      Stone-curlews
      Habitat
      wetlands, farmland