Spotted dikkop in exhibit

Spotted Dikkop

Scientific Name
Burhinus capensis
Sub-saharan Africa
Dry grasslands and savannas
Estimated Wild Population
Spotted dikkop in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

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Spotted dikkops hunt for insects by repeatedly running forward, stopping, and jabbing at prey with their bill.

Their brown, spotted feathers serve as camouflage, allowing them to blend into their grassland habitat.

They can have multiple broods, nesting two to three separate clutches in one breeding season.

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