Spotted dikkop

Latin Name
Burhinus capensis

Class
Birds

Order
Charadriiformes

Description

The spotted dikkop, which can reach up to 18 inches in height, has long legs and a brown-and-white speckled coat.


 

Range

Sub-Saharan Africa


Status

Common. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Spotted Dikkop Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


Habitat

Dry grasslands and savannas


Niche

The spotted dikkop hunts exclusively on the ground, feeding on insects, small mammals and lizards.


Life History

The spotted dikkop builds its nest in a scrape in the ground, which it lines with grasses, feathers, pebbles and twigs. The female typically lays two eggs, and males and females rear offspring together, with both bringing food back to the nest. The birds will even fake injuries to lead predators away from the nest.


Special Adaptations

The spotted dikkop's brown, spotted feathers provide camouflage, making it difficult to spot in the grasslands where it lives.



Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit