(Last Updated on : 03-10-2015)
Cream-Coloured Courser is an Indian bird
that bears a scientific name "Cursorius cursor
". It is a wader in the pratincole and courser family of 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.
Concentration of Cream-Coloured Courser
Cream-Coloured Coursers are found in Canary Islands, Cape Verde, North Africa and southwest Asia. Their two eggs are laid in a ground scrape.
Breeding Season of Cream-Coloured Courser
The breeding season of Cream-coloured courser extends from February to September, but they may breed also in autumn and winter when local conditions are favourable.
Migration of Cream-coloured courser
Cream-Coloured Coursers are partially migratory, with northern and north-western birds wintering in India, Arabia and across the southern edge of the Sahara. Some birds also breed in the southern desert regions in north-western India and Pakistan.
Breeding Range of Cream-Coloured Courser
Cream-Coloured Coursers are rare north of the breeding range, but this species has occurred as far away as Finland, Ireland and Great Britain.
Structure of Cream-Coloured Courser
Cream-Coloured Coursers have long legs and long wings. They have slightly down curved bills. The body plumage is sandy in colour, fading to whitish on the lower belly. The upper wing primary feathers and the under wings are black. The crown and nape are grey, and there is a black eye stripe and white supercilium.
Cream-Coloured Courser in Flight
In flight of Cream-coloured courser, this species resembles a pratincole with its relaxed wing beats, pointed wings and dark under wings.
Treatment of Cream-Coloured Courser
Hayman's Shorebirds 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 co specific.