|Peruvian Thick-knee Burhinus
Chilean name: Chorlo cabezón
| The Peruvian Thick-knee is distributed from the
extreme south of Ecuador through Peru to the extreme north of Chile. They
are usually found in dry agricultural areas and semi-arid
It has a large head and very large eyes and, as the name suggests, thick "knees" on its long legs. The head has a pale supercilium with a thick black stripe above and the bill is pale greenish-yellow with a dark tip.
They feed at night, hence the large eyes, and roost during the day in the dry grass. Very well camouflaged and immobile during the day, they are difficult birds to spot.
|There is a recording
and a distribution map on xeno-canto.
The north of Chile seems to be a fairly recent range extension. HBW Volume 3, published in 1996, does not include the north of Chile in its range except to mention "One record from N Chile in 1851 may have referred to a vagrant, or perhaps to an extension, presumably temporary, of range as currently known." So its good to see them back.