One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stone curlew.
The Cape dikkop is the spotted stone curlew (Burhinus capensis)
- ‘Water dikkops, nocturnal plovers and several species of kingfisher and bee-eaters have been sighted here.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The house is named after the spotted dikkop, a nocturnal bird who often visits the garden.’
- ‘Karoo korhaans, ground woodpeckers and spotted dikkops are commonly seen.’
- ‘Although fairly common, the two species of dikkop are not frequently seen.’
Mid 19th century: from Afrikaans, from dik ‘thick’ + kop ‘head’.
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