Double-striped Thick-knee Burhinus bistriatus

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

The Double-striped Thick-knee is distributed from southern Mexico to Costa Rica, from northern Colombia to Guyana, in northeastern Brazil, and on Curaçao and Hispaniola. Like other thick-knees, it occurs in dry pastures and other open areas. It is the only thick-knee within its range, and the long legs and neck, large eyes, and short bill allow immediate identification. Largely nocturnal, these birds often crouch in a shady place and droop their upper eyelids in the bright mid-day sun. They feed by walking along, bending over plover-like to pick up invertebrates. Thick-knees call noisily at night or when disturbed, a repeated kek note that gets louder and faster the more excited the caller becomes.


© David L. Ross, Jr.

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

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.