Order Charadriiformes

Family Burhinidae

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  • Medium-sized terrestrial waders, with long legs, long wings and cryptic plumage; bill usually short, but large and heavy in some species.
  • All regions except Antarctic, but mainly tropical; greatest diversity in Old World.
  • Semi-arid to arid open areas, sometimes linked with water; one species strictly coastal.
  • 32-59 cm.
  • 2 genera, 10 species, 21 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Hume, R. & Bonan, A. (2020). Thick-knees (Burhinidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52241 on 25 February 2020).