French: Oedicnème bistrié German: Dominikanertriel Spanish: Alcaraván venezolano
Proposed race vigilans is synonymous with nominate bistriatus. Four races recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
B. b. bistriatus
(Wagler, 1829) – S Mexico (from SE Oaxaca and C Veracruz) S to NW Costa Rica.
B. b. dominicensis
(Cory, 1883) – Hispaniola (extreme NE Haiti and N Dominican Republic)#R#R.
B. b. pediacus
Wetmore & Borrero, 1964 – N Colombia and NW Venezuela (Zulia, N Falcón).
B. b. vocifer
(L’Herminier, 1837) – E Colombia, Venezuela (including Margarita I), SW Guyana and extreme N Brazil (NE Roraima and Amapá).
43–48 cm; 565·5–787 g (nominate). Large thick-knee, with long neck and legs; long white supercilium bordered above by black line. Sexes basically alike.... read more
Short, chattering and strident calls, e.g. “kee-kee-kee...” or clucking “kah-kah-... read more
Open grassland and bushy savanna, mostly in semi-arid to arid areas, including those in close... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly known. Feeds on small animals such as insects, worms, molluscs and occasionally lizards and small rodents. Feeds at or after dusk,... read more
Essentially breeds in dry season, e.g., eggs in SW Mexico in Feb–Mar, young in Apr and early May in Colombia, Apr–May in... read more
Sedentary, although with some exceptional occurrences beyond normal range, e.g. recorded on Cura... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Increasing locally as habitat changes open up new areas for colonization, especially deforestation, with forest giving way to pasture... read more
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