French: Courvite de Temminck German: Temminckrennvogel Spanish: Corredor etiópico
Subspecies and Distribution
C. t. temminckii
Swainson, 1822 – S Mauritania and Senegal to Chad, discontinuously across Sahel to South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Kenya.
C. t. ruvanensis
Madárasz, 1915 – Tanzania to Congo, Angola, Mozambique and NE South Africa.
C. t. aridus
Clancey, 1989 – N Namibia and Botswana to W Zimbabwe.
c. 19–21 cm; 54–82 g. Upperparts and breast pale brown; crown bright rusty, black line through eye, white supercilia meet on nape; upper belly rufous,... read more
Considered to be generally silent; the only described vocalization is a sharp, metallic “err-err-... read more
Mostly in savanna including of palm and Acacia, short-grass areas, dambos, fallow... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, harvester termites (Hodotermes mossambicus), molluscs and occasionally seeds. Feeds by running in bursts and stopping to... read more
Mostly in dry season: all months except Sept and Oct in Senegal; nests Jan–Mar in N Ghana (more prolonged in S); Feb–Jul in... read more
Mostly nomadic (e.g. in Uganda), though some populations possibly intra-African migrants, depending... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Commonest and most widespread courser in sub-Saharan Africa, with population in W Africa perhaps numbering at least 100,000... read more
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