The cream-coloured courser feeds by walking or running across the ground, pausing to pick up prey items (2) (3), which are swallowed whole (2). It may also catch insects in flight, or dig for food with the beak (2). The diet includes a range of insect prey, as well as spiders, other invertebrates and seeds (2). Some studies have reported it to specialise in feeding on small ground beetles (8). In flight, the cream-coloured courser appears quite bulky, and flies with the feet trailing. Its calls include a deep, barking praak-praak and a quieter tuk-tuk (3).
The breeding season may vary with location, but usually runs from March to July, or sometimes to September (2) (6). Breeding has also been recorded during winter (October to January) in Senegal (9). The nest is located on bare ground and consists of a shallow, unlined scrape. The cream-coloured courser usually lays 2 eggs (2) (6), which are incubated by both the male and female, hatching after 18 to 19 days (2). The chicks, which are a mottled sandy brown and white above and whitish below, fledge after about 30 days, and begin to breed at a year old (2). Adult cream-coloured coursers have been recorded performing a ‘distraction display’ in which the bird crouches as if brooding an egg or chick, luring predators away from the real chicks or nest, which are some distance away (2) (9). Outside of the breeding season, Cursorius species are usually gregarious, gathering in small flocks or family parties (4).