Spotted Thick-knee (Dikkop) | Burhinus capensis

Robert's Birding Information: Spotted Dikkop

The Spotted Thick-knee is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Burhinidae bird family group which includes birds such as Typical hornbills.Spotted Thick Knee (Dikkop)

The description for the Spotted Thick-knee (Latin name Burhinus capensis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Burhinus capensis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 297 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 387. You will find a picture of the Spotted Thick-knee on page 385.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.Spotted Dikkop (Thick Knee)

This bird is known as Spotted Dikkop in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Spotted Thick-knee between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Spotted Thick-knee is known in Afrikaans as Gewone Dikkop.

The Spotted Thick-knee has a height of 43 cms and weighs around 365 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Burhinus capensis has a white coloured throat, yellow legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are yellow.Spotted Thick Knee (Dikkop)

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown.

Eyes are yellow.

Bill is black.

Legs are yellow.

Throat is white.

Back is brown.

This bird has long legs ? ie legs the length of which are out of proportion to the bird's body size. This can be a useful identification guide (eg with the Lapwings).

Spotted Dikkop Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

Spotted Dikkop Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Spotted Thick-knee is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 3 eggs and they are coloured yellow.

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The bird is found in the African bushveld.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Spotted Thick-knee is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.