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C. c. cursor, adult
Photo © by Jose Ramon
Tagdilt Track, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco, March 2010
Cursorius cursor


C. c. bogolubovi, post-breeding flock
Photo © by kuwaity
Solybikhat Bay Reserve, Kuwait, August 2003

Length 19–24 cm (7½-9½ in), wingspan 51–57 cm, weight 100–120 g

  • Sandy body
  • White lower belly
  • Black primaries on upperwing
  • Black underwings
  • Blue-grey nape and crown
  • Black eyestripe
  • White supercilium
  • Long legs
  • Downcurved bill

Flight: Black outer wing and underwing
Juvenile: duller than adult, lacking blue-grey crown patch; mantle feathers with dark fringes giving a weakly scaly appearance.

Similar species

Somali Courser overlaps with Cream-coloured in eastern Africa in winter; it differs in being slightly smaller, and the upperparts having a more grey-buff, less yellow-buff, tone. In flight, only the outer half of the wing is black below, the inner wing being light grey below.


Photo © by AJDH
Riffa, Bahrain, July 2007

Breeds from the Canary and Cape Verde Islands, across the deserts of northern Africa and the Middle East to southern Turkmenistan. Most populations (except on the Atlantic islands) are short-distance migrants, wintering south to the Sahel region of Africa from Senegal east to Sudan, and southwest Asia east from Saudi Arabia to northwestern India.

A vagrant north of the breeding range to northwestern Europe, with e.g. 45 records in Britain, eight records in Germany, four records in Denmark, and one record in Ireland.


Somali Courser was formerly considered conspecific.


Subspecies exsul
Photo © by AndyS56
Cape Verde, October 2018

There are three subspecies[1][2]:

  • C. c. bogolubovi:
  • C. c. cursor:
  • C. c. exsul:


Dry, semi-desert country, bare and flat.



Runs on the ground. Feet trail in flight. Skims low over the desert.


They nest in a ground scrape; 2 eggs are laid.


Photo © by carlos58
Sinai Desert, Egypt

The diet includes insects.


Call: A quiet quett


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2017. IOC World Bird Names (version 7.1). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  4. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6

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