Indian courser


Indian courser is a ground bird and is found in semi-desert area.

How does the bird appear…

The upperparts are grayish brown. The upper tail is white. The crown is dark bright rufous and is bordered below by the white supercilia meeting in V on the nape. Just above the meeting point of supercilia, there is a black patch. A broad, black eye-stripe begins at the base of the bill and passes through the eyes. The chin and lower cheeks are cream colored. The throat and the upper breast are pale rufous while lower breast is deep rufous. Bill and iris are black.  Legs are long, whitish and shiny.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It inhabits dry stony, scrubby or rocky areas but rarely on sandy terrain.


It forages in small groups on ground for food. It is insectivorous.

Breeding & Nesting

In India it breeds from March to August.  The nest is a scrape on the bare ground. The typical clutch contains two or three eggs.

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