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Spotted Thick-knee

Burhinus capensis

Description:

The Spotted Thick-knee, which can reach up to 45.5 cm (18 in.) 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".

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Wendy Clapham
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Wendy Clapham

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 10, 2014
Submitted on Jan 17, 2014

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