Burhinus grallarius


Is found in all mainland states of Australia though itsโ€™ 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 birdโ€™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