Somali courser

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Somali courser
Cursorius somalensis Buffalo Springs NP Kenya.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Glareolidae
Genus: Cursorius
Species: C. somalensis
Binomial name
Cursorius somalensis
Shelley, 1885

The Somali courser (Cursorius somalensis) is a wader in the pratincole and courser family, Glareolidae.

Although classed as waders, these are birds of dry open country, preferably semi-desert, where they typically hunt their insect prey by running on the ground.

This is a small bird that lives in the eastern Africa: C. s. somaliensis (Shelley, 1885) in Eritrea, eastern Ethiopia and northern Somalia and C. s. littoralis (Erlanger, 1905) in extreme southeast South Sudan, northern and eastern Kenya, and southern Somalia. It feeds on insects and seeds and lives in open, short grasslands and burnt veld. It grows to eight or nine inches in height.

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