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 10 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 36 weeks ago 21 sec 4.6
one bird standing Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp maculosus)
Daniêl Jimenez 30 December 2011 1 year 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 6 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 36 weeks ago 29 sec 4.2
A close up Locality Salalah, Dhofar Governorate, Oman (ssp dodsoni)
Eric Roualet 11 November 2010 2 years ago 16 sec 4.1
A bird under a dry bush. Locality Imi, Ethiopia (ssp maculosus)
Josep del Hoyo 5 December 2005 7 years ago 34 sec 4
PhotosSee all 25 photos
Locality Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 27 November 2012 21 weeks ago 4.5
A bird standing among the bushes
Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (ssp maculosus)
Krzysztof Blachowiak 18 November 2012 24 weeks ago 4.5
A bird on the beach
Locality Kommetjie, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 27 March 2011 1 year ago 4.4
Male Threat Display
Locality Tanzania (ssp capensis)
John Watson San Antonio TX 27 February 2010 2 years ago 4.4
Adult bird with chick
Locality Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Kalahari Gemsbok NP), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Roland Bischoff 14 September 2002 1 year ago 4.4
A standing bird
Locality Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa (ssp capensis)
Rainer Mönke 14 December 2011 1 year ago 4.3
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