Predator of the night
Bush thick-knees come out at dusk to forage either on land or in water. These ground-dwelling birds feed on insects, molluscs, lizards and seeds.
During the day, bush thick-knees nest on the ground, relying on their feathers to camouflage and protect them from predators. When disturbed, they freeze motionless, often in odd-looking postures.
On the decline
Bush thick-knees are listed as ‘Near Threatened’ due to widespread population decline in the southern parts of Australia. Habitat destruction, as well as fox and cat predation, are major threats to this species.