Somali Courser
Cursorius somalensis Buffalo Springs NP Kenya
Range Eastern Africa
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Glareolidae
Genus Cursorius
Species Cursorius somalensis
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Somali courser (Cursorius somalensis), is a species of wader in the Glareolidae family.

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.

This is a small bird that lives in the Eastern Africa: Cursorius somalensis somalensis (Shelley, 1885) in Eritrea, eastern Ethiopia and northern Somalia and Cursorius somalensis littoralis (Erlanger, 1905) in extreme southeast South Sudan, northern and eastern Kenya, and southern Somalia. It feeds off of insects and seeds and lives in open, short grasslands and burnt veld. It grows to eight or nine inches in height.

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