Geographical Range Southwestern and southern Africa
Habitat Woodland edge, savannas, thorn scrub
Scientific Name Burhinus capensis
Conservation Status Common

These solitary birds live in dry areas and cope with daytime sun and heat by taking cover under trees and bushes. They are fairly numerous throughout their range. Cape thick-knees mate for life and are protective parents, nesting in a shallow scrape next to a small landmark. They raise only one to two chicks at a time.

Did You Know?

The cape thick-knee is the largest of all the African species of thick-knees.