Posted Thu at 3:17am
A wildlife group is calling on the Federal Government to tighten the country's environment laws to help save a bird that migrates from as far as Siberia or Alaska each year from the brink of extinction.
BirdLife Australia says eastern curlew numbers have dropped by 80 per cent over the past three decades due to the destruction of their habitat along Australia's east coast.
The bird, not to be confused with its noisy cousin the bush stone curlew, takes up residence on mud and sand flats from Cape York to Tasmania.
They are known for their long bill and legs and eerie call and use their time in the country to fatten up before making their return.
BirdLife Australia's acting head of conservation Dr Jenny Lau says the bird is already critically endangered and she fears they will become extinct in the years to come.
She said direct Government action is needed to protect Australia's coastal habitats.