Thursday, October 8, 2009

Beach Thick-knee, Beach Stone Curlew

Beach Thick-knee or Beach Stone Curlew,  Esacus magnirostris, a scarce, localized resident with apparently seasonal dispersive movements. A rare bird of sandy bays in Sabah and the north Sabah islands. (Smythies & Davidson 1999, Mann 2008).

A rare resident or vagrant. More recent records are Kalampunian Besar on 14th Jan 1982 and Selingan Island in Apr. 1981 and 1982. (Sheldon et al 2001).

The photographs were taken on 30th May 2007 on the sand bar during low tide between the islands of Mataking Besar and Mataking Kecil.

Happy birding.


Mann, C.F. (2008) The birds of Borneo, an annotated Checklist. Peterbourough, UK: British Ornithologists' Union.

Sheldon, F.H., Moyle, R.G. and Kennard, J. (2001) Ornithology of Sabah: History, Gazetteer, Annotated Checklist, and Bibliography. Washington D.C.:The American Ornithologists' Union.

Smythies, B.E. and Davison, G.W.H. (1999) The birds of Borneo. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: Natural History Publications (Borneo) Sdn. Bhd. and the Sabah Society. 

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