This mostly terrestrial bird has knobby leg joints, hence their name. They have long legs and weak wings and so they prefer running to flying. When
threatened, they lower their heads and hit the ground running.
To lure a predator away from the
nest or young, one of the parents may flop helplessly on the ground, pretending
to have a broken wing. After catching the predator’s attention, this parent
lures the predator away. When the nest and young are out of harm’s way, the
parent miraculously recovers and flies away unharmed, leaving behind a