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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Temminck's Courser

Afrikaans name: Trekdrawwertjie

Temminck's Courser

Temminck's Courser

Photo © Steven Herbert

Cursorius temminckii

Temminck's Courser is a bit like a small lapwing. It spends most of its time on the ground in areas with short or very little grass.

Most of their diet consists of insects and they sometimes feed on insects at the edge of grass fires where the catch the insects trying to escape the flames. They do also eat some seeds.

In South Africa the Temminck's Courser is mainly found in the northern and north-eastern regions. It is also found throughout southern Africa and up to the Congo.

They don't build a nest preferring to lay either 1 or 2 eggs on open ground. Both parents tend to the eggs taking short turns at incubating them. Amazingly the chicks are able to move away from the 'nest' area within about 8 hours.

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 151

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 32

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 94

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 267

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 261

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 166

List of South African Birds

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