Double-banded Courser

Rhinoptilus africanus

Double-banded Courser, Rhinoptilus africanus, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Observed during a game drive at Amboseli National Park, Kenya. March 2011.

During the middle of the day when most wild life watchers are about, this bird is hiding behind a well-camouflaged plumage while remaining perfectly still. It sits on the ground in the partial shade of an acacia bush until dusk, when it becomes active by hunting for terrestrial arthropods. Double-banded Courser is found in open, grazed grasslands in southern Kenya and Tanzania.

Glareolidae -- Courser & Pratincole Family

Similar Species:

Three-banded Courser, photo © Michael Plagens


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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