Spotted Dikkop (Burhinus capensis) - HBW 3, p. 362
French: Oedicnème tachard
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).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 11 videos
An adult sitting on its nest, including a close-up of its head Locality Paarl Bird Sanctuary, Paarl, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp damarensis)
Greg Baker 27 September 2002 3 years ago 21 sec 4.6
Bird and chick. Locality Umgeni River Bird Park, Durban, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp capensis)
Doug and Denise Norris 15 September 2008 2 years ago 12 sec 4.6
one bird standing Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp maculosus)
Daniêl Jimenez 30 December 2011 3 years ago 31 sec 4.5
A close-up of two birds Locality National Aviary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 13 August 2001 8 years ago 16 sec 4.4
An adult foraging and then eventually running away Locality Paarl Bird Sanctuary, Paarl, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp damarensis)
Greg Baker 27 September 2002 3 years ago 29 sec 4.2
A close up Locality Salalah, Dhofar Governorate, Oman (ssp dodsoni)
Eric Roualet 11 November 2010 4 years ago 16 sec 4.1
PhotosSee all 44 photos
Locality Richard Toll, Saint-Louis Region, Senegal (ssp maculosus)
Nik Borrow 16 January 2007 16 weeks ago 4.8
Locality Zeila (Saylac), Awdal Region, Somalia (ssp dodsoni)
Nik Borrow 6 September 2010 16 weeks ago 4.8
A bird standing among the bushes
Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp maculosus)
Krzysztof Blachowiak 18 November 2012 2 years ago 4.5
Locality Parys, Free State Province, South Africa (ssp damarensis)
Rick and Elis Simpson 15 September 2013 1 year ago 4.5
Locality Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 27 November 2012 2 years ago 4.5
Adult bird with chick
Locality Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Kalahari Gemsbok NP), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Roland Bischoff 14 September 2002 4 years ago 4.4
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