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Burhinus vermiculatus 

Actual scientific name :   Burhinus vermiculatus 
Old scientific name :   Oedicnemus vermiculatus 
French name :   Oedicnème vermiculé
English name :   Water Thick-Knee
Vernacular name :  
Chekea-mwezi (Kiswahili Zanzibar) ; mulonda (Kibemba) ; kialumwa (Kiluba)


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Description :   Smaller than the Spotted Thick-Knee, it is distinguished by its streaked (not spotted)plumage and its aquatic habits.  
Habitat :   Prefers to be close to streams.  
Behaviour :   A bit less nocturnal than its cousin, it is however also seen at night on roads.  
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Life history :   Chicks are bred on the ground itself. when endangered, they lie flat on the ground, confident in their mimicry with the stony ground. Parents approach the nest with a lot of caution, stopping a few times on the way.  
Distribution in Katanga :   view map  
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The vernacular names were collected in the field and in the colonial literature from the first part of the 20th century. The monks who established the first dictionaries were not necessarily informed naturalists. Therefore, errors must have been committed.

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