Alternative name: Heuglin's Courser
- Rhinoptilus cinctus
Length 25-27 cm. Rufous, black and white bands on breast and neck. In flight, rump is white and upper wings uniform dark brown. Lerger than Double-banded Courser.
- R. c. cinctus - South-eastern Sudan to eastern Ethiopia, Somalia and northern Kenya
- R. c. emini - Southern Kenya to Tanzania and northern Zambia
- R. c. seebohmi - Southern Angola and northern Namibia to Zimbabwe and northern South Africa
Because of its primarily nocturnal habits, the Three-banded, or Heuglin's Courser is infrequently seen in daylight, and its finely mottled plumage makes it even harder to spot at rest. Like other Coursers, they emerge at dusk to feed on insects. In response to danger, they often freeze and lie flat or, if forced, fly a short distance and then run to cover.
- Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2008. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019