French: Oedicnème vermiculé German: Wassertriel Spanish: Alcaraván acuático
Other common names: Water Dikkop
Lake Jipe, near Taita, Kenya.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
B. v. buettikoferi
(Reichenow, 1898) – Liberia to Nigeria and Gabon; sometimes claimed to occur E to Uganda.
B. v. vermiculatus
(Cabanis, 1868) – DRCongo E to SC Somalia, and S to E & S South Africa.
38–41 cm; 293–320 g. Similar to B. oedicnemus and B. senegalensis (and is syntopic with latter in parts of W Africa), but generally rather... read more
Mainly vocalizes at night. A loud, rather strident but plaintive whistle, “ti-ti-ti-ti-ti-tee... read more
Riverbanks and lake edges, estuaries and mangroves; also undisturbed, sheltered beaches; prefers... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on insects, crustaceans and molluscs. Nocturnal and terrestrial feeder; sometimes feeds on dirt roads at night. Feeds by tilting... read more
Season variable, but generally dry season and early rains in S Africa; Sept–Jan in Liberia; Jan, Apr and May in Ghana; Aug in Somalia... read more
Sedentary, apart from some local movements to avoid flooding and occasional records outside normal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very little precise information available, partly due to secretive habits, and, in N of range, confusion with very similar B.... read more
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