Southern African Birds

 

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  Temminck's Courser

    

Cursorius temminckii

(300) 20 cm; 70 g

SEXES  Alike. Smallest African courser. Close resemblance to Burchell's Courser but has broader (bolder) black line extending behind the eye, and a rusty-brown crown. Trailing flight feath­ers completely black.

JUV  Upperparts mottled; breast pale reddish and belly blackish.

STA­TUS  Part of population resident, some are local migrants and nomadic, and others intra-African migrants. Nowhere common but probably the commonest courser in the region. Usually in small flocks; a diurnal species.

HABITAT  Short, open and burnt grasslands, especially in miombo and Mopane regions.

FOOD  Mostly insects.

CALL  High-pitched staccato err-err-errrr call likened to a squeaky gate.

BR  Monogamous; 2 eggs usually laid on bare open ground and incubated by both sexes.

 

 

Cst001

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Cst002

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Cst003

Nxai Pan

With chick

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Cst004

Nxai Pan

Chick

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Cst005

Nxai Pan

Chick

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Cst006

Nxai Pan

Chick

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Cst007

Kunene River, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Cst008

Kunene River, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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