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Photo by Steve G
Buffalo Springs NP, Kenya, July, 2010
Cursorius somalensis



Eastern Africa, from Eritrea south to northern Kenya.


Photo by megan perkins
Tsavo East, Kenya, April 2006

Formerly considered conspecific with Cream-coloured Courser[1], or by some authors, with Burchell's Courser[2].


Two subspecies are accepted[3]:

  • C. s. somalensis
  • C. s. littoralis


Semi-arid grassland.



  1. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1996. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 3: Hoatzin to Auks. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334207
  2. Hayman, P., Marchant, J., & Prater, T. (1986). Shorebirds. Helm, London. ISBN 0-7136-3509-6
  3. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  4. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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