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Double-banded Courser

Smutsornis africanus

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Beautiful, cryptic, upland shorebird. Adults show a scaly back and two bands across the chest. Juveniles lack the chest bands but usually associate with adults. Found within savanna and grassland in very open microhabitats such as gravel plains and heavily grazed patches. Call is an accelerating series of high whistles. Somewhat similar to Three-banded Courser but is more diurnal and has a less complex head and chest pattern.

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