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Cape Thick-knee
Burhinus capensis

Habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa

Range: African countries

Natural Diet: Insects, lizards and small mammals

Status In The Wild: Least Concern (Common)


Animal Facts

This species is classified as a wader but it lives in arid and semi-arid regions. They have strong black bills and these birds are approximately 18 inches in height. Their feathers are brownish-white with black speckles making easy to camouflage from their predators. Cape thick-knee are monogamous and are known to display territorial behavior. They are solitary nesters building their nests as small depressions in the soil. They are protective of their nests and eggs spreading their wings and emitting loud calls to keep other animals or humans away. During breeding season, the female lays two eggs in a clutch. Both parents take care of their chicks.

Their mottled colors help thick-knee camouflage into the background.


Distributional map in Africa