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Temminck’s Courser

Cursorius temminckii

Temminck’s Courser inhabits open savannas with a covering of short grass, favouring recently burned or overgrazed areas as well as recently ploughed fields, where it is easy to capture their insect prey. These are the smallest species of courser in Africa, with a wingspan of 42cm, length of around 20cm, and a weight of about 70g.

Temminck’s Coursers are diurnal and usually seen in small, loosely associated flocks of around 12, though up to 40 in a group have been recorded. They breed almost throughout the year with a distinct peak in spring. Pairs are monogamous and both parents incubate the clutch of two eggs which is simply laid on the bare ground. Chicks are precocious and start moving around with their parents hours after hatching, and able to fly by the time they’re 3 weeks old.

The IUCN considers Temminck’s Courser to be of Least Concern, and it is found in two large parts of Africa – one in West Africa south of the Sahara and the other from Ethiopia southwards to Angola and South Africa. In our country they can be encountered mainly in the central and northern provinces – Free State, North West, Gauteng, northern Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.