Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor   [Latham, 1787]

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Date created: 23-January-2017

Order: Charadriiformes Family: Glareolidae
BTO Codes: , CRCCO EURING No: 4640
Number in Britain: Fewer than 20 records
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Near Threatened
Global: Least Concern (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: cursor recorded in Britain (of 3 subsp. in the world)
Length: 23 cm Wingspan: 54 cm Weight: M/F: 110 g    
Scientific name from: L.: cursor=a runner (from currere=to run)
World Distribution: BREEDS: n&c Africa, c&s Asia, WINTERS: east to w India
Habitat: Desert, open country
Diet: Mostly insects, forages on foot, usually running in short dashes
TitBit: An early sighting of this bird (in Dorset, 1853) appeared in Thomas Hardy's The return of the native, where it was promptly shot by the Earl of Ilchester's gamekeeper.  
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Kent, 1785 (Palmer, P. 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 7 Most Likely to Occur in: October
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Clyde (1949), Lothian (1965),
   North-east England: Northumberland (1870),
   North-west England: Cumbria (1947),
   English Midlands: Leicestershire (1827),
   Eastern England: Essex (1984), Norfolk (1969), Suffolk (1828),
   South-east England: Kent (1916),
   South-west England: Cornwall (1980), Devon (1959), Somerset (1941), Wiltshire (1896), Isles of Scilly (2004),
   Wales: Carmarthen (1968), Ceredigion (1886),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Rhedwr y Twyni
Danish: Ørkenløber Dutch: Renvogel
Finnish: Aavikkojuoksija French: Courvite isabelle
German: Rennvogel Hungarian: Futómadár
Icelandic: Sandlápa Irish: Rásaí Bánbhuí
Italian: Corrione biondo Norwegian: Ørkenløper
Polish: Raczak zwyczajny Portuguese: Corredor
Spanish: Corredor Swedish: Ökenlöpare

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