Spotted dikkops, which can stand up to 18 inches tall, have long legs, a brown-and-white speckled coat, a round head, bright yellow eyes, and a short beak. They hunt on the ground, feeding on insects, small mammals, and lizards. These wading birds build their nest in a scrape in the ground, which they line with grasses, feathers, pebbles, and twigs.
Interesting Fact 1
Spotted dikkops hunt for insects by repeatedly running forward, stopping, and jabbing at prey with their bill.
Interesting Fact 2
Their brown, spotted feathers serve as camouflage, allowing them to blend into their grassland habitat.
Interesting Fact 3
They can have multiple broods, nesting two to three separate clutches in one breeding season.
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