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Three-banded Courser - BirdForum Opus

Photo by megan perkins
Tsavo East, Kenya

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.


Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.




Dry savanna.


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.


  1. 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

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