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stone curlew

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1670-1680
1670-80
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stone curlew

noun
1.
any of several brownish shore birds of the family Burhinidae, esp Burhinus oedicnemus, having a large head and eyes: order Charadriiformes Also called thick-knee
Word Origin
C17: so called because it is found in stony habitats and resembles a curlew
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Encyclopedia Article for stone curlew

any of numerous shorebirds that constitute the family Burhinidae (order Charadriiformes). The bird is named for the thickened intertarsal joint of its long, yellowish or greenish legs; or, alternatively, for its size (about that of a curlew, 35 to 50 centimetres, or 14 to 20 inches) and cryptic brown plumage, together with its preference for stony wastelands.

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