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MORE INFO The name thick-knee comes from an 18th Cen­tury name for the bird – Thick-kneed Bus­tard. In south­ern Africa, stone-curlew species were also known by an­other name, dikkops Found on dry farm­land, heaths and grass­land, this strange-look­ing, stocky wader is a mem­ber of the thick-knee fam­ily, which all share its gog­gle-eyed ap­pear­ance. In day­light, it will of­ten crouch or stand un­der trees or other cover, be­com­ing more ac­tive around dawn and dusk. Its wail­ing, whistling calls can re­sem­ble those of the Curlew and the Oys­ter­catcher, and it is of­ten heard be­fore it’s seen. Son Real, a na­ture re­serve with a vis­i­tor cen­tre and bird hide just south of Al­cu­dia – this site is also great for a va­ri­ety of war­blers, plus Cross­bills and Cirl Buntings. A res­i­dent breed­ing species, it is rel­a­tively com­mon in dry arable ar­eas on the is­land, but can also be found at wet­land sites such as Al­bufera and s’albufereta Nat­u­ral Park. Keep an eye out in any ar­eas of dry arable land – scan fields care­fully as Stone-curlews can be as­ton­ish­ingly well cam­ou­flaged against the earth. Mainly a bird of south­ern Europe and the Near East, with birds from fur­ther north win­ter­ing near the Mediter­ranean and in Africa. In Bri­tain, small num­bers (350 pairs) breed in East Anglia (es­pe­cially the Breck­land), and on Sal­is­bury Plain. Con­ser­va­tion ef­forts have re­sulted in a small in­crease in the pop­u­la­tion, but it re­mains rare. It is a sum­mer vis­i­tor in the UK, from March to Oc­to­ber. Head for Weet­ing Heath in Nor­folk where the Nor­folk Wildlife Trust has view­ing fa­cil­i­ties. †Large yel­low eye and yel­low on bill vis­i­ble even at fairly long range †White belly, streaked up­per­parts †Broad white stripe from fore­head, passes un­der eye †White band across closed wing †In flight, long wings with black trail­ing edge, and white spots near tip †Steady, reg­u­lar walk, but tilts for­ward when run­ning

Stone-curlew Son Real s’albufereta Nat­u­ral Park s’albufereta Nat­u­ral Park

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