Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius)
Date Published: February 2012
The Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) is a medium-sized, long-legged Australian bush bird. It is found throughout grassland and open woodland areas, including off-shore islands, and is absent only from deserts, forest and higher altitudes.
Bush Stone-curlews are listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In New South Wales, the Bush Stone-curlew is listed as endangered under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995; in Victoria it is listed as threatened under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988; and in South Australia it is listed as rare under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. In Tasmania the Bush Stone-curlew is a 'controlled animal' under the Tasmanian Nature Conservation Act 2002 and is a protected species under the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010.
Burhinus grallarius is not considered a pest species. It has not established feral populations outside its native range and there is no evidence of the species causing any major impacts on the environment or agriculture.
There is a moderate likelihood that this species could establish in Tasmania. The most significant impacts are likely to be predation because Bush Stone-curlews have a broad diet of small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and carrion. The consequence of this species establishing in Tasmania is low.
This risk assessment categorises Bush Stone-curlews as a moderate threat to Tasmania and proposes that imports be restricted to those licence holders approved for keeping moderate threat species.
Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) (653Kb)