French: Oedicnème tachard German: Kaptriel Spanish: Alcaraván de El Cabo
Other common names:
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
B. c. maculosus
(Temminck, 1824) – Senegal E to Eritrea and Somalia, and S to Uganda and Kenya.
B. c. dodsoni
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1899) – coastal Eritrea and N Somalia and S Arabia (extreme SW Saudi Arabia, W Yemen, C & S Oman).
B. c. capensis
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – Kenya S to South Africa, and W from Zambia to NW Angola.
B. c. damarensis
(Reichenow, 1905) – SW Angola, Namibia, SW Botswana and NW South Africa.
37–44 cm; 375–610 g. Distinctive thick-knee, with upperparts clearly spotted, rather than streaked; upperpart feathers have basal bar and distal spot, rather than... read more
Mainly vocal in twilight and at night. Commonest vocalization a long series of mellow over-slurred... read more
Prefers arid areas, away from watersides; found in open woodland and savanna (e.g. dry ... read more
Food and feeding
Main food probably insects, but also known to take small amphibians, molluscs, crustaceans and some seeds. Known to drink water. Feeds... read more
Lays around end of dry season (e.g. Uganda, Malawi, Ghana) and beginning of wet season, or within the dry season (e.g. Zambia). In Arabia,... read more
Resident and apparently mainly sedentary, although considered to be largely a dry-season breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Estimates of population are scarce, but there are perhaps 1200 pairs in Arabia and 1000–5000 individuals in Mali. Generally... read more
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