Pratincoles Coursers And People

Pratincoles and coursers are hunted for food in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. Collared pratincole eggs were collected for food in Hungary until that population was wiped out.

CATCHING INSECTS IN THE AIR AND ON THE GROUND

Pratincoles, which generally catch insects in the air, have long wings that help them maneuver (mah-NOO-ver) during flight. Coursers, which generally catch their insects on the ground, have long legs to help them run at prey. The one species in the pratincole and courser group that hunts insects both in the air and on the ground is the Australian pratincole. The Australian pratincole has long wings as well as long legs.

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