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Spotted Thick-knee - BirdForum Opus

Photo by rudydbn
Photo taken: Eston, KZN, South Africa.
Burhinus capensis


34cm. Short, yellow and brown beak, brownish black streaks on head and back, dark brown streak appears from under the eye to the ear covers and a white streak stretches below the eye to the cheek. White feathers surround the eyes of the bird. The upper parts of the body and wings have brown, white and black splotches. Wings are brown and grey, tipped with black and have white edges surrounding them. The underpart and the mid throat of the bird is white, and the breast is light brown with black streaks. Green-grey long legs with three toed, webbed feet. Sexes similar. Juveniles have grey freckled wing-coverts and a slightly vermiculated tail and upper parts of the body.


Sub-Saharan Africa.




Dry open areas, grasslands, semi-deserts and urban areas.


The diet includes grass seeds, insects and other invertebrates, small lizards, rodents, snails, crabs and frogs.


  1. Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2008. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019

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