Water Thick-knee

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The Water Thick-knee is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Water Thick-knee (Burhinus vermiculatus) is a species of bird in the Burhinidae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. References - * BirdLife International 2004. Burhinus vermiculatus. More

Water Thick-Knee on the banks of the Serengeti River! Water Thick-knees tend to live by the side of lakes and rivers, throughout sub-Saharan Africa.More photos... More

Water thick-knee, Milnerton Sewage Works, South Africa. Burhinus vermiculatus (Water thick-knee, Water dikkop) Burhinus vermiculatus (Water thick-knee, Water dikkop) Water thick-knee with millipede. Water thick-knee, South Africa. Distribution and habitat Occurs in the lowlands of sub-Saharan Africa, from Liberia to Ethiopia discontinuously south to southern Africa. More

For the purposes of our bird news services, Water Thick-knee is classed as ungraded: species which are unlikely to appear as wild birds in Britain or Ireland (Note that rarity levels are currently applied nationally and may not reflect local variations in abundance. More

Water thick-knees have larger and more robust bills that Spotted Thick-knees. Water Thick-knee The proportionally larger bill size in Water Thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus reflects prey preference of this aquatic margin species. Crabs and other crustaceans make up a high proportion of prey and crabs with up to 50 mm carapace size are fed on. Other prey includes frogs, grasshoppers, termites and worms. More

Water Thick-knee (Burhinus vermiculatus) at Chobe river - Unspecified Photographer More

The Water Thick-knee, like the other Thick-knees, is mainly nocturnal. It is, however, more active during the day than the rest of its genus. By day it can be found on river and lake edges (normally blending in beautifully with the rocks!). It takes an experienced guide, and good boatman, to get a close look at the Water Thick-knee of Lake Baringo. They can generally be found along the edges of the islands in the centre of the lake. More

Water thick-knees are mainly active at night and are often seen just standing or sitting during the day. The white wing bar distinguishes this species from the Senegal thick-knee. Slideshow images 3 - 5 show juvenile water thick-knees, as do several of the enlargements, and image 8 is of an immature. Slideshow image 12 shows a water thick-knee and a painted snipe. More

a picture of the Water Thick-knee on page 385. The Water Thick-knee belongs to the family of birds classified as Burhinidae. In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the Water Thick-knee was called the Water Dikkop The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... More

Picture of Burhinus vermiculatus above has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.
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Author: David Bygott
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Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Burhinidae
Genus : Burhinus
Species : vermiculatus
Authority : (Cabanis, 1868)