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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 hunting for terrestrial arthropods. Double-banded Courser is found in open, grazed grasslands in southern Kenya and Tanzania.

Glareolidae -- Courser & Pratincole Family

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Three-banded Courser, photo © Michael Plagens

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