Family Thick-knees (Burhinidae)

Least Concern

Peruvian Thick-knee (Burhinus superciliaris)


French: Oedicnème du Pérou German: Peruanertriel Spanish: Alcaraván peruano

Oedicnenus [sic] superciliaris


, 1843,

coast of Peru




Pacific coast from extreme S Ecuador to extreme N Chile (Lluta and Azapa Valleys).

Descriptive notes

38–43 cm; one female 480 g. Fairly large thick-knee, with long neck and legs. Smaller and greyer than B. bistriatus, with which shares white supercilium with... read more


Mainly vocal in twilight and at night. Display calls, often given during nocturnal flight display,... read more


Typically found in dry agricultural land with open aspect, semi-desert and dry grassland; also in... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually nothing known. Species presumed to take small animals, such as insects and small lizards. Feed after dusk; terrestrial. Uses... read more


Little known. Probably solitary, but, where common, small aggregations are likely to occur during breeding season. One nest found in Jun... read more


Sedentary. Single records from modern-day N Chile in 1851 and 1971 were previously considered to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very limited range, so total numbers are likely to be relatively small, but species may be fairly frequent in N of range. Species was... read more

Recommended citation

Hume, R. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Peruvian Thick-knee (Burhinus superciliaris). 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 on 21 January 2020).