Indian Courser

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat

Dry Plains


Insects, mainly termites, beetles, crickets and grasshoppers


Indian Courser

Cursorius coromandelicus

Indian courser is widespread in South Asia. It is however brighter coloured than the cream-coloured courser and has a broader black eye-stripe that begins at the base of the beak. The crown is chestnut and the breast is rufous. The nape has a dark black patch where the long longer feathers forming the white stripe meet. In flight, the rump appears white and the wing tip is not as contrastingly black as in the cream-coloured courser. The sexes are alike.

The long legs are whitish and as in other coursers have only three forward pointing toes.

These birds are usually seen in small flocks. They are usually found where the grass is not taller than them, since the tall grass blocks their view.

Regional Names
  • Gujarati:
    રણ ગોધલો
  • Kannada:
    ಕೆಂಪು ಚಿಟವ
  • Malayalam:
  • Marathi:
    धाविक, महिदास
  • Nepali:
    गाजले धावक
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Cursorius coromandelicus