Definition of stone curlew in US English:

stone curlew


  • another term for thick-knee
    • ‘From the dim blue polar gloom you proceed to the crepuscular world of stone curlews and owls.’
    • ‘It is known for unique bio-diversity and a breeding ground for special species such as white-bellied sea eagle and stone curlew.’
    • ‘They had also recorded the nesting of stone curlews, and sighting of small green bee-eaters, red and yellow-wattled lapwings at the estuary near the Foreshore Estate bus terminus.’
    • ‘Bare silver tree trunks beckon you into the lost world of hooded cormorants, stone curlews, crimson dragonflies and rare herbs that inhabit the Bolata marsh.’
    • ‘Areas already under stewardship have seen a marked increase in previously declining bird species, including the stone curlew, bittern, lapwing, reed bunting, greenfinch, pipit, twite, and wagtail.’
    • ‘An Army firing range, or a heath where ground-nesting stone curlews are breeding?’
    • ‘His measuring of the number, kinds, and probable ages of trees in a small woodlot seem modern, as are his description of bird densities in his time (starlings, common now, were scarce then, whereas stone curlews, now rare, were common).’
    • ‘Along with the loss of heather and cottongrass, birds such as the nightjar, woodlark and stone curlew and animals including the adder, grass snake, and viviparous lizard have been put at risk.’


stone curlew

/stōn ˈkərˌlo͞o/