French: Glaréole isabelle German: Stelzenbrachschwalbe Spanish: Canastera patilarga
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Drier regions of N & E Australia, spreading farther S in wetter years, but absent from SW; breeds sporadically throughout Australian range, but seldom N of 18° S; two breeding records in Trans-Fly, S New Guinea. Migrates to N Queensland and Northern Territory, New Guinea and E Indonesian archipelago as far NW as Sumatra.
21–24 cm; 54–75 g. Above light cinnamon-brown, with white rump; black lores, throat whitish shading to pinkish-cinnamon breast and deep chestnut across belly;... read more
Gives a tern-like trilling “quirree-quirree” or “quee-quee”, as well as a liquid “weetweet”, which... read more
Rather bare areas: black-soil country of Queensland with sparse grass, scrubby red-soil ridges,... read more
Food and feeding
Grasshoppers, beetles, dragonflies, termites and other large insects; also centipedes, spiders and seeds. Obtains most of prey on ground,... read more
Dependent on weather; Aug–Jan, but most breed Sept–Nov. Nests in small, loose colonies, nests spread thinly over as much as 2... read more
Movements influenced by rainfall patterns, with reports of greatly increased numbers arriving in S... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to abundant, but sporadic in occurrence; probably not under threat in any part of range; total Australian, and therefore world... read more
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