Monday, November 22, 2010
ABC Wednesday: S is for Spotted Thick-knee
The Spotted Thick-Knee (Burhinus capensis) is a tropical bird that is common in the south of Africa. They belong to the Stone-Curlew or Dikkop family .
Spotted Thick-Knees are nocturnal and feed on insects, lizards and even small mammals. They nest on the ground and will always lay two eggs, the chicks are able to follow their parents right after hatching.
They can reach an age of 20 years, even in the wild, and will stay mostly in one place for all their life. They may migrate over a distance if heavy rains flood their habitat, but will return after a while.
Photos taken at Frankfurt Zoo (adult with chick) and Duisburg Zoo
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