• Птиците в България
    Птиците срещащи се в България
    Всеки вид с кратко описание, снимки и видео в естесвена среда. Снимки на местообитанията, които обитава.
  • Над 400 вида птици в България
    426 вида птици в България!
    Знаете ли, че България е на второ място в Европа по видово разнообразие на птици?
  • On-line определител на птиците
    On-line определител на птиците!
    Открий и познай птицата, която си видял.
  • Хиляди снимки на птици
    Хиляди снимки на птици!
    Над 4000 снимки на птици публикувани безвъзмездно от над 150 фотографа.

Order Waders, Gulls, Skuas/Charadriiformes, Family Thick-knees/Burhinidae

Eurasian Thick-knee/Burhinus oedicnemus - Adult

L 38-45 cm, WS 76-88 cm. Breeds on bare or sparsely vegetated open ground (heathland, dry, stony pastures, dried mud, steppe margins, etc.). Summer visitor (Mar-Oct), winters in SW Europe and Africa. In Britain & Ireland, rare away from few breeding areas in S and E England. Most active dusk to dawn, but daytime activity and calling not unusual. Food mainly insects. Nest is bare scrape.
IDENTIFICATION: General shape and actions like oversized plover. Walks stealthily or runs with long body held horizontal and head often hunched into shoulders. Well camouflaged when stationary; large yellow eye and black-tipped bill are often most eye-catching features. Distinctive in flight, with strong black and white wing pattern, hunchbacked profile, and shallow beats of long, stiffly bowed wings. Will sometimes squat on ground to avoid detection. - Adult: Standing male has horizontal white covert bar more strongly bordered with black than female, difference obvious when pair seen together. - Juvenile: Lacks prominent whitish supercilium; coverts plain, sandy (lacking adult’s obvious blackish and whitish bars); greater coverts broadly fringed white.
VOICE: Noisy during breeding season. Some calls rather reminiscent of Curlew, like rising, whistling ‘küü-liie’ or ‘kur-li-lii’ and alarm, a rapid ‘küvü- vü’, repeated in long series. Also heard is a thin piping ‘kiiiie’. Displaycall often heard at night, a series of loud, wailing, mournful notes with first syllable coarsely trilled and second clear, ‘klii-ürr-lee, klürrr-lee, klürrr-leee, klürrr-leee, klürrr-leee, …’.

Similar species
Find Birds in Bulgaria on Facebook
Ideas from nature - shirts, mugs, gifts
Big year
All European birds in one place!
All European birds in one place!
Birdwatching and Wildlife Photography Tours in BULGARIA. Cottage to rent
Bird guide for all European birds
All European birds in one place!
Application for smart phones
Application for smart phones