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Indian courser

Cursorius coromandelicus

Description:

This species is however brighter coloured than the cream-coloured courser and has a broader black eye-stripe that begins at the base of the beak. The crown is chestnut and the breast is rufous. The nape has a dark black patch where the long longer feathers forming the white stripe meet. The long legs are whitish and as in other coursers have only three forward pointing toes

Habitat:

This species occurs in dry stony, scrubby or rocky country but rarely on sandy terrain.

Notes:

These birds are usually seen in small flocks. They are usually found where the grass is not taller than them, since the tall grass blocks their view. They feed on insects mainly termites, beetles, crickets and grasshoppers picked up from the ground in stubbly or uncultivated fields. They run in spurts on the ground but take to flight with a hoarse creaky gwaat call. The flight is strong with rapid wing beats. They fly low and begin to run after landing.

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7 Comments

ShashankShekhar2
ShashankShekhar2 4 years ago

Awesome Click and nice learning details

PramodCL
PramodCL 4 years ago

Thank you for the nomination..:)

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

PieterColpaert
PieterColpaert 4 years ago

Beautiful picture!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 4 years ago

Beautiful and interesting information!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Beautiful spotting.

The MnMs
The MnMs 4 years ago

Very beautiful bird!

Haryana, India

Lat: 28.50, Long: 76.78

Spotted on Oct 11, 2014
Submitted on Oct 30, 2014

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