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Cursorius cursor

Cursorius cursor , Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Charadriiformes
Subordo: Charadrii
Familia: Glareolidae
Subfamilia: Cursoriinae
Genus: Cursorius
Species: Cursorius cursor
Subspecies: C. c. bannermani - C. c. bogolubovi - C. c. cursor - C. c. dahlakensis - C. c. exsul

Cursorius cursor (*)


Cursorius cursor (Latham, 1787)


A General Synopsis of Birds Supplement p.293

Vernacular names
Česky: Běhulík plavý
Ελληνικά: Αμμοδρόμος
English: Cream-coloured Courser

The Cream-colored Courser, Cursorius cursor, is a wader in the pratincole and courser family, 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.

These coursers are found in Canary Islands, north Africa and southwest Asia. Their two eggs are laid in a ground scrape. They are partially migratory, with northern and northwestern birds wintering in India, Arabia and across the southern edge of the Sahara. Some birds also breed in the southern desert regions in northwestern India and Pakistan.[1]

They are rare north of the breeding range, but this species has occurred as far away as Finland, Ireland and Great Britain.

These birds have long legs and long wings. They have slightly downcurved bills. The body plumage is sandy in colour, fading to whitish on the lower belly. The upperwing primary feathers and the underwings are black. The crown and nape are grey, and there is a black eyestripe and white supercilium.

In flight this species resembles a pratincole, with its relaxed wingbeats, pointed wings and dark underwings.
Reference and taxonomic note

Shorebirds by Hayman, Marchant and Prater ISBN 0-7099-2034-2

This standard text 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-colored coursers to be conspecific.

^ Rahmani,Asad R; Manakadan,Ranjit (1989): Breeding records of Creamcoloured Courser Cursorius cursor cursor (Latham) from India. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 86(3), 447-448.

BirdLife International (2004). Cursorius cursor. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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