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Spotted Dikkop Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Burhinus capensis
  • Class

  • Order

  • 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.


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