Double-striped Thick-knee is a "shorebird" of southern Mexico, Central
America, and South America. In the United States, they are only
extremely rare vagrants, with a sighting on "King's Ranch" in southern Texas
in 1951. They are a species of open grasslands and savannahs, where
they forage for insects and sometimes small vertebrates.
Double-striped Thick-knees feed using a "stop-and-go" technique, running
quickly along the ground and stopping periodically to pick up prey. A
strongly terrestrial species, they also prefer to run when disturbed or when
danger approaches, rather than fly.
Habitat: Found in open habitats such as
grasslands, open savannahs, and agricultural areas. Also can sometimes
be found in open woodland.
Diet: Feeds on insects, worms, and mollusks, and
occasionally on small reptiles or rodents.
Behavior: Mostly nocturnal. During the day,
Double-striped Thick-knees typically crouch low in vegetation and rest.
At night, they forage by quickly running short distances, stopping
periodically to pick up prey.
Nesting: The nest of a Double-striped Thick-knee
is a shallow depression in the ground. The female lays 2 eggs, and
both parents help to incubate them. When the eggs hatch, the young
quickly leave the nest. They are tended to by the parents, but are
precocial and will find their own food.
Song: Song of a Double-striped Thick-knee is a
loud "kee-kee-kee-kee", given at night.
Migration: Considered a permanent resident
throughout its normal range.
Generally distinctive compared to other shorebird species found in North