Cursorius cursor8
Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Glareolidae
Genus Cursorius

Cursorius is a genus of waders in the Glareolidae. There are four species which breed in Africa and South Asia. They have long legs, short wings and long pointed bills which curve downwards. Although classed as waders, they inhabit deserts and similar arid regions. Like the pratincoles, the coursers are found in warmer parts of the Old World. They hunt insects by sight, pursuing them on foot.

Their 2–3 eggs are laid on the ground.


Indian Courser (Gmelin, 1789) (Cursorius coromandelicus)
Cream-coloured Courser (Latham, 1787) (Cursorius cursor)
Burchell's Courser (Gould, 1837) (Cursorius rufus)
Somali Courser (Shelley, 1885) (Cursorius somalensis)
Temminck's Courser (Swainson, 1822) (Cursorius temminckii)
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