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A Spotted Thick-knee (or Dikkop) sitting in the shade. The Spotted Thick-knee or Spotted Dikkop (Burhinus capensis) is widely distributed from the Arabian Peninsula to north-western South Africa. These birds are mainly active at night, and during the day prefer cover and shade. They are sometimes active on overcast days. Spotted Dikkops prefer arid areas, and are normally not found close to water. They mainly eat insects, but are known to take small vertebrates, crustaceans and snails. Spotted Thick-knees are monogamous, and nest on the ground, relying on their cryptic patterning to avoid detection. This bird, one of a pair, was sheltering under a shrub on the edge of Tshwene Drive in Pilanesberg National Park. Elevation: 1305 m. Date added to IBC: April 1, 2019.
IBC scientific name: Burhinus capensis capensis.
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