A short slice of a post at my Crikey.com.au blog The Northern Myth about a bird that I hear most nights around my home in Darwin, in Australia's Northern Territory.
The Bush-Stone Curlew Burhinus grallarius is found across Australia apart from the drier parts of western Australia and the Simpson Desert. Once common in the settled and agricultural regions its presence there has been reduced by land-clearing and modern land-management practices.
Like many Australian birds it has been given a bewildering variety of names Bush Thick-knee, Southern Stone-Curlew, Weelo and Willaroo being among the most familiar.
These last two are most likely onomatopoeic derivatives from the bird's very distinctive call, which has been described as akin to the call of a screaming woman or baby, and can lead to a very unsettled night in the bush if a mob of these birds are making their unique dueting calls nearby.
If you want to hear the Bush Stone-curlew's call follow the link here.
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