Spotted Thick-knee

Burhinus capensis

Spotted Thick-knee, Burhinus capensis, photo © by Michael Plagens

Near Mweiga, Nyeri County, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

From Wikipedia: The spotted thick-knee, which can reach up to 45 cm in height, has long legs and brown-and-white speckled plumage which provides camouflage, making it difficult to spot the bird in the grasslands and savannas where it roams. Its head is large and round with a prominent yellow eye and a short, stout beak. When in flight or standing in a characteristic position with its wings raised, it shows a striking contrasting pattern. Its legs are long and yellow and the tibiotarsal joint is expanded giving it the name "thick-knee".

Burhinidae -- Thick-knee Bird Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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