Strepsilas interpres, Lin.
860. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 656 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 233.
Length, 8.25; wing, 6 ; tail, 2.5 ; tarsus, 1 ; bill at front, 0.75.
Bill black ; irides deep brown ; legs orange-yellow.
Head and neck white ; the crown of the head with some black stripes ; a narrow black frontal band, continued behind the eye and meeting another narrow stripe of the same color from the base of the lower mandible; shortly beyond these unite into an incomplete collar, extending back along the sides of the neck, and in front expanding and forming a broad gorget covering the breast, and which, at its termination below, sends up another
incomplete band towards the shoulder of the wing; mantle and wings chesnut-brown mixed with black, especially on the scapulars; coverts edged with grey and whitish; primaries black, stem of the first white; secondaries tipped greyish; back, rump, and upper tail-coverts white, crossed on the rump by a black band; tail white, with a broad subterminal band of black ; lower parts white.
The female differs in having the colors not so distinct, and the white on the head and neck less pure.
In winter plumage the colors are not so pure and rich in tint as in summer.
The young have the upper plumage and sides of the neck and throat dark ashy-brown, the feathers edged paler and the lower parts white.
The Turnstone is a cold weather visitant to the sea-coast. It is common about the Kurrachee Harbour, but is somewhat rare lower down the coast.