Family Burhinidae

Family Burhinidae - peruvian thick-knee

The Peruvian thick-knees is the only representative of the family Burhinidae known to occur in Peru. They are medium-sized birds with strong black bill, large yellow eyes and cryptic plumage. Thick-knee refers to the prominent joints in the long greenish legs.

They are largely nocturnal, particularly when singing their loud wailing songs. The diet consists mainly of insects, other invertebrates, and even larger species such as lizards and even small mammals. Photo: Peruvian Thick-Knee. ©Laval Roy.
Family BURHINIDAE
Thick-knees Alcaravan o Huerequeque
Peruvian Thick-knee Alcaraván Huerequeque Burhinus superciliaris
peru aves -    birdsRECURVIROSTRIDAE: Stilts & Avocest – Cigüeñuelas, Avocetas  SCOLOPACIDAE: Sandpipers, Snipes – Playeros & Becasinasperu aves