Water Thick-knee (Dikkop) | Burhinus vermiculatus

Robert's Birding Information: Water Dikkop

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

The description for the Water Thick-knee (Latin name Burhinus vermiculatus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Burhinus vermiculatus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 298 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 386. You will find a picture of the Water 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.Water Dikkop (Thick Knee)

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

The Water Thick-knee is known in Afrikaans as Water dikkop.

The Water Thick-knee has a height of 41 cms and weighs around 270 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Burhinus vermiculatus has a white coloured throat, grey legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are yellow.

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 grey.

Throat is white.

Back is brown.

Water Dikkop Feeding Habits ...

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

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

Water Dikkop Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Water 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 cream.

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 Water Thick-knee is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

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