Advertising opportunities on Bluegnu

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.

Top

References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 130

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 151

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

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 48

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 105

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

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 134

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 130

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 130

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 113

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 189

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 198

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 - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 196

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

Shorebirds - Author: P. Hayman, J. Marchant, T. Prater - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 252

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 47

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 82

List of South African Birds

Got a comment about the content on this page?





Visit our sister site Nature on your doorstep

Copyright Steven Herbert Projects, 2013 - 2021. All rights reserved.

Privacy Policy - FAQ - Terms of use