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Indian Courser

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Photo by vaibhav mishraKutchh, Gujarat, India, November 2008
Photo by vaibhav mishra
Kutchh, Gujarat, India, November 2008
Cursorius coromandelicus


[edit] Identification

23–26 cm (9-10 in)

  • Sandy greyish-brown upperparts
  • Rufous crown
  • Black and white stripes from bill to neck

[edit] Distribution

Asia: Patchily distributed from Pakistan to India and Sri Lanka.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Dry stony plains, ploughed fields, waste land with scattered shrubs.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

JuvenilePhoto by Jugal TiwariNaliya grasslands Kutch, Gujarat, India, August 2008
Photo by Jugal Tiwari
Naliya grasslands Kutch, Gujarat, India, August 2008

Their diet consiststs of a variety of insects and their larvae, such as grasshoppers, crickets and ants etc.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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