Water Thicknee

Scientific Name:
Burhinus vermiculatus
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Water Thicknee

The Water Thick-knee (Burhinus vermiculatus), also known as the Water Dikkop or Water Stone-curlew, is a bird species native to sub-Saharan Africa


Water Thick-knees are typically found in a variety of wetland habitats, including marshes, swamps, riversides, lakeshores, and coastal estuaries. They prefer areas with open water, muddy or sandy substrates, and sparse vegetation, where they can forage for food and nest. These birds are often seen in both natural and human-modified landscapes, including agricultural areas, urban parks, and golf courses.


Water Thick-knees are medium to large-sized birds, measuring approximately 40 to 48 centimeters (16 to 19 inches) in length, including their relatively long legs and stout body. They have a cryptic plumage, with mottled brown, gray, and white feathers that provide camouflage in their habitat. Their large, round eyes are adapted for nocturnal foraging. Best Viewing The best places to view Water Thick-knees are in wetland habitats with suitable foraging and nesting sites. Look for them along the edges of water bodies, where they can be seen standing or walking on muddy or sandy substrates in search of prey. These birds are often observed feeding during the early morning or late afternoon hours, as well as at night.