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Double-striped Thick-knee Burhinus bistriatus

  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Burhinidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Katie LaBarbera


Conservation Status

The Double-striped Thick-knee is listed as a species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, due to its large geographic range, large population size, and apparently stable population trend (BirdLife International 2009). It is CITES III in Guatemala (Hume 2004).

Effects of human activity on populations

The Double-striped Thick-knee may be at less risk from human habitat degradation than many species, since it prefers open savanna habitat such as that produced by clearing and grazing (Freese 1975, McKay 1980). However, Wetmore and Borrero (1964) judged it "probable" that its numbers would be reduced as human settlements expanded into its range, and its tendency to be hit by cars at night may be a concern (Hume 2004). It is sometimes semidomesticated on ranches (Sick 1993).

Recommended Citation

LaBarbera, K. (2010). Double-striped Thick-knee (Burhinus bistriatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.