Scientific Name:

Esacus magnirostris


Beach Thick-knee


Beach Thick-knee Fact File

Distribution: Malay peninsula, Philippines and Australia

Conservation Status: Near Threatened

Subspecies: None – Monotypic

Current conservation efforts

Together with the Sooty Oystercatcher, Pied Oystercatcher, Red-capped Plover and Hooded Plover, the Beach Thick-knee is protected as part of BirdLife Australia’s “Beach-nesting Birds project”. This long running project was established in 2006 to

  • Raise awareness among beach users about beach-nesting birds
  • Train local volunteers to monitor beach-nesting birds, identify threats and improve management
  • Protect eggs and chicks through temporary fencing, signage, artificial shelters
  • Research new ways of protecting birds and improving breeding success

Read more about how this excellent incentive is helping these beach-nesting birds:


Beach Stone-curlew protected by Birdlife Australia




With thanks to the following photographers: Leo (Oystercatcher);

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