Thick-knees (Burhinidae)

Spotted Dikkop (Burhinus capensis) - HBW 3, p. 362

French: Oedicnème tachard German: Kaptriel Spanish: Alcaraván de El Cabo
Other common names: Spotted Thick-knee, Cape Dikkop/Thick-knee

Taxonomy: Oedicnemus capensis Lichtenstein, 1823, Cape of Good Hope.
Several other races proposed: doubtfully distinct are ehrenbergi of Dahlak I in Red Sea, and affinis on Red Sea coast of Ethiopia; also psammochromus included in maculosus, and csongor included in nominate capensis. Four subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • maculosus (Temminck, 1824) - Senegal E to Eritrea and Somalia, and S to Uganda and Kenya.
  • dodsoni (Ogilvie-Grant, 1899) - coastal Somalia and S Arabia.
  • capensis (Lichtenstein, 1823) - Kenya S to South Africa, and W from Zambia to Angola.
  • damarensis (Reichenow, 1905) - Namibia, Botswana and SW South Africa (Cape Province).

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