Genus CURSORIUS

The Coursers or, as Jerdon calls them, the Courier Plovers, are birds about the size of a Lapwing, and, like the Stone-Curlews, show certain resemblances to Bustards both in structure and Distribution. The genus occurs sparingly in Southern Europe, it is found throughout Africa, and all over South-western Asia with the Indian Peninsula and Ceylon, but not farther east. Of five known species two occur in India.

The bill in Cursorius is moderately long, slender, and slightly arched. The wings are pointed, the 1st and 2nd quills subequal, the 1st generally the longer. Tail short, nearly even. Tarsus and bare tibia slender and shielded in front and behind; no hind toe, anterior toes short, middle toe much longer than the others, and its claw expanded on the inner side and slightly pectinated.

Key to the Species.

a, Crown chestnut throughout…………………………C. coromandelicus, p. 210.
b. Crown rufous in front, ashy grey behind…………………………C. gallicus, p. 211.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus CURSORIUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
210
M_ID: 
4381
M_SN: 
Cursorius
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2042

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