One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stone curlew.
The Cape dikkop is the spotted stone curlew ("Burhinus capensis")
- ‘The house is named after the spotted dikkop, a nocturnal bird who often visits the garden.’
- ‘Water dikkops, nocturnal plovers and several species of kingfisher and bee-eaters have been sighted here.’
- ‘Although fairly common, the two species of dikkop are not frequently seen.’
- ‘Karoo korhaans, ground woodpeckers and spotted dikkops are commonly seen.’
- ‘Bird lovers will enjoy the more than 92 recorded South African bird species manifested and to be viewed in the park including ostriches, black eagles, spotted dikkops and ground woodpeckers.’
Mid 19th century: from Afrikaans, from dik ‘thick’ + kop ‘head’.
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