Burhinus grallarius


Is found in all mainland states of Australia though its’ range has declined drastically in the southeast.


Likes to roost and nest in woodlands of buloke, gum or box trees with a low, sparse grassy or herb understorey. An untidy landscape of fallen branches is essential for the bird’s camouflage.


Forages for insects at dusk.

Social Interaction

This species has been recorded in groups of 50 to 100 birds. However in the last 30 years there has been such a decline in numbers in Victoria that sightings are now more likely to be a single pair.

Conservation Status