Family Thick-knees (Burhinidae)

Least Concern

Peruvian Thick-knee (Burhinus superciliaris)


Taxonomy

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

Oedicnenus [sic] superciliaris

Tschudi

, 1843,

coast of Peru

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Sedentary. Single records from N Chile in 1851 and 1971 were previously considered to represent... 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. & Boesman, P. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/53771 on 16 November 2018).