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Double-striped Thick-knee Burhinus bistriatus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


A long, reedy call, “prrríp prrríp prrríp pip pip pipipipipipipipip” that accelerates before it terminates, given mostly at night (Slud 1964). Voice resembles that of Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis) (Sick 1993, Hilty 2003). Very noisy (Land 1970).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.