Hemerodromus cinctus Heuglin, 1863, near Gondokoro, White Nile. Three subspecies.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Heuglin’s courser, Seebohm’s courser; French: Courvite б triple collier; German: Bindenrennvogel; Spanish: Corredor Escamoso Grande.
9.8–11 in (25–28 cm); 4.2–5.3 oz (119–150 g). Two or three rather poorly defined subspecies are recognized.
Eastern Africa from extreme northern South Africa and Namibia to southern Sudan and Ethiopia.
Dry thorn scrub, bushy grassland, and sparse mopane woodland.
Usually singly or in pairs, less often in groups of up to six birds. Largely nocturnal. When disturbed may freeze before running swiftly away, then taking flight for a short distance. Roosts by day in shade of bush or tree.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Catches insects on the ground. Little else known.
Nests mainly in dry season, making a deep scrape under a bush or tree. Clutch of two eggs partly buried in loose soil and incubated by both parents for about 25–27 days. Chicks are highly precocial, but the fledging period is unknown.
The species is quite common over most of its range and is not threatened.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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