Bush Thick-Knee

Zoo Location: Desert House
 Bush Thick-Knee

The bush thick-knee is a ground dwelling bird native to the grasslands of Australia.

Wild Diet

They eat a varied diet of frogs, insects, reptiles and mollusks.


A type of curlew, this bird is largely nocturnal and their thick knee is actually their ankle! Pairs will do a courtship dance of stamping and calling.


Eggs are laid in a shallow scrape and both parents will incubate and raise young. Two eggs will hatch after 4 weeks and chicks will walk after 2 days and be fully grown by 2.5 months.


  • Latin Name: Burhinus grallarius
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Burhinidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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