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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: Common


 Fun Facts

  • Thick-knee 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.

  • They are monogamous and are known to display territorial behavior by spreading their wings and running towards the threat.

  •  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 and/ or humans away.

  • During breeding season, the female lays two eggs in a clutch. Both parents take care of their chicks.


 Conservation Threats

  • Currently, the wild thick-knee population has been evaluated to have an extensive distributional range and is considered to be stable


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


They lay their eggs in a small indentation in the ground that both parents incubate and protect



Distributional map in Africa