Double-striped Thick-knee
Burhinus bistriatus


  • Scientific name:

    Burhinus bistriatus

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  • Common names:

    Double-striped Thick-knee


  • Morphology:

    The double-striped thick-knee measures 45 to 50 cm. The head is voluminous, with large eyes that are yellow as their legs, the beak is yellowish with a black tip. The legs are long, the feet are small, and the bill is short and thick. The face, neck and chest are grayish-brown in color, the throat and abdomen are whitish, while the tail is brown.

  • Reproduction:

    This species is monogamous, where the male performs the entire incubation. The nest is made in an area scraped on the ground. It is common to put 2 eggs and the incubation period is at least 27 days. Reproduction has been recorded from February to March.

  • Diet:

    The double-striped thick-knee eats large insects and other small vertebrate and invertebrate prey.


  • Range:

    A resident breeder in Central and South America from southern Mexico to Colombia, Venezuela and northern Brazil.

  • Habitat:

    They are a species that usually use open environments such as savannas and pastures.


  • There are few factors that negatively affect the species. IUCN Red List: Least concern.