Jerdon's Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus


Anon. 2006. Canal re-routing throws India's rarest bird a lifeline. World Birdwatch 28(1): 4.

Anon. 2010. A Species Recovery Plan for Jerdon's Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus. Andhra Pradesh Forest Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.

BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

BirdLife International. 2008. Canal diverted to save Jerdon's Courser. Available at: #

BirdLife International. 2009. Triple helping of good news for Jerdon's Courser. Available at: #

Chandrasekhar, A.; Jeganathan, P. 2008. A glimmer of hope for the critically endangered Jerdon's Courser. Mistnet 9(4): 19.

Chavan, R.; Barber, I. 2012. In search of the elusive Jerdon's Courser: what future for one of the most endangered birds on earth? BirdingASIA 18: 102-104.

Jeganathan, P.; Green, R. E.; Bowden, C. G. R.; Norris, K.; Pain, D.; Rahmani, A. 2002. Use of tracking strips and automatic cameras for detecting critically endangered Jerdon's coursers Rhinoptilus bitorquatus in scrub jungle in Andhra Pradesh, India. Oryx 36: 182-188.

Jeganathan, P.; Rahmani, A. R. 2006. Suggest alternate routes for Telugu-Ganga Canal and management implications to protect the suitable habitat of the Jerdon's Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus around the two protected areas in Cuddapah district, Andhra Pradesh.

Jeganathan, P.; Rahmani, A. R.; Green, R. E.; Norris, K.; Vogiatzakis, I. N.; Bowden, C.; Pain, D. 2008. Quantification of threats and suggested ameliorative measures for the conservation of the critically endangered Jerdon's Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus and its habitat. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 105(1): 73-83.

Jeganathan, P.; Rahmani, A. R.; Green, R.E.; Norris, K.; Bowden, C.; Wotton, S. R.; Pain, D. 2004. Conservation of the critically endangered Jerdon's Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus in India: final report. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai.

Knox, A.G. and Piertney, S.B. 2012. The discovery of the egg of Jerdon's courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus (Blyth 1848). Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 109(3): 149-152.

Maclean, G.L. and Sharpe, C.J. 2015. Jerdon's Courser (Rhinoptilus bitorquatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. and de Juana, E. (eds), Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive, Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

University of Aberdeen. 2013. DNA analysis identifies endangered Indian bird egg. Available at: (Accessed: 10/10/2013).

Further resources

Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

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RSPB - International Research - Jerdon's Courser

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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Rhinoptilus bitorquatus. Downloaded from on 25/09/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/09/2020.