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Indian Thick-knee - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Indian Stone-curlew

Breeding Pair
Photo by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, 23 June 2017
Burhinus indicus


40–44 cm (16-17 in)

  • Black-tipped bill with yellow base
  • White supercilium
  • White wing bar

Similar Species

Eurasian Thick-knee


Photo by Jugal Tiwari
Naliya grasslands Kutch, Gujarat, India, 28 June 2008

Breeds from India and Sri Lanka to Indochina. Winters to Africa and Arabia.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly treated as subspecies of Eurasian Thick-knee.


Breeds on dry sparsely vegetated open ground.


Mostly nocturnal.


The diet consists mostly of insects, small invertebrates and lizards.


The nest is a bare ground scrape; 2-3 eggs are laid.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)
  4. Birds of the World - An Online Bird Book

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