|Dibba, United Arab Emirates|
These coursers are found in Canary Islands, north Africa and southwest Asia. Their two eggs are laid in a ground scrape. They are partially migratory, with northern and northwestern birds wintering in India, Arabia and across the southern edge of the Sahara. Some birds also breed in the southern desert regions in northwestern India and Pakistan.
These birds have long legs and long wings. They have slightly downcurved bills. The body plumage is sandy in colour, fading to whitish on the lower belly. The upperwing primary feathers and the underwings are black. The crown and nape are grey, and there is a black eyestripe and white supercilium.
In flight this species resembles a pratincole, with its relaxed wingbeats, pointed wings and dark underwings.
Reference and taxonomic note
Shorebirds by Hayman, Marchant and Prater ISBN 0-7099-2034-2
This standard text treats the east African form littoralis as a race of the Somali Courser rather than of Cream-colored. Some authorities in turn consider the Somali, Burchell's and Cream-coloured Coursers to be conspecific.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Cursorius cursor". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Rahmani,Asad R; Manakadan,Ranjit (1989): Breeding records of Creamcoloured Courser Cursorius cursor cursor (Latham) from India. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 86(3), 447-448.
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