|At the Frankfurt Zoo, Germany|
The Spotted Thick-knee, which can reach up to 45.5 cm (18 in.) in height, has long legs and a brown-and-white speckled coat. It ranges widely through sub-Saharan Africa, where it occupies dry grasslands and savannas. The Spotted Thick-knee's brown, spotted feathers provide camouflage, making it difficult to spot in the grasslands where it lives.
The species hunts exclusively on the ground, feeding on insects, small mammals and lizards. It also nests on the ground, lining a scrape with grasses, feathers, pebbles and twigs. The female typically lays two eggs, and males and females rear offspring together, with both bringing food back to the nest. The birds will even fake injuries to lead predators away from the nest.
- BirdLife species factsheet for Burhinus capensis
- Cape Thick-knees videos on the Internet Bird Collection
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