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  Spotted Thick-knee

      Spotted Dikkop

 

Burhinus capensis

(297) 43 cm; 465 g

SEXES  Alike. Overall spotted appearance, and large yellow eyes distinctive. Likely only to be confused with Water Thick-knee, but lacks greyish wing panel and thin white wing bar.

JUV  Similar to ad but more streaked above.

STATUS  Fairly common resident and largely noc­turnal. Gregarious in flocks of up to 40-50 birds in non-br season.

HABITAT  Favours stony open savanna and grassland; also occurs in urban parks and gardens, and on beaches.

FOOD  Mostly insects, especially beetles and termites.

CALL  Mournful ti-ti-ti-teeeteeeteee ti ti ti...

BR  Monogamous. Nest a simple scrape in almost bare ground, usually adjacent to debris or plants.

ALT NAME  Spotted Dikkop.

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Tks001

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Tks002

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Tks003

Leopard Pan, CKGR

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Tks004

Leopard Pan, CKGR

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

 

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