Water Thick-knee

Burhinus vermiculatus

Water Thick-knee, Burhinus vermiculatus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Near Kisumu, Nyanza County, Kenya. Occ. 2016.

The water thick-knee, which can reach up to 45 cm in height, has long legs and brown-and-white plumage which provides camouflage, making it difficult to spot the bird in tall grass near lake shores. Thick-knee refers to the prominent joints in the long yellow-greenish legs.

Burhinidae -- Thick-knee Bird Family


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

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Kenya Natural History

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