Cursorius —pertaining to a race-course; cursor—a runner, from curro = I run.
Bill slightly curved. Three toes only. Plumage brown and rufous. Breast without band. Tail short, of twelve feathers. First and second quills subequal, first generally longest. Mid claw slightly pectinated. About the size of a Lapwing. Resemble Bustards both in structure and habits, but they are of small size and do not change plumage at breeding season. S. Europe, Africa, S. W. Asia, India, and Ceylon.