133. Strepsilas interpret
THE TURNSTONE or SEA-DOTTEREL.
Interpres - an agent between two parties, an explainer ; from inters between, and the root of the Sanskrit prath = unfold (whence =broad); perhaps in allusion to its warning note.
Male 8" to 8 1/2". Female 8 1/2" to 9 1/2". 3 1/2 to 4 oz. Legs orange-yellow. Bill black. Remiges twenty-five. Sexes alike. In summer; Crown white, with black stripes. Black stripe from eye meets another from mouth behind eye. Incomplete collar with gorget, and a second incomplete band towards wing-shoulder. Mantle, scapulars, and wing-coverts mostly chestnut, with black pattern. Axillaries white.— In winter: Below pure white. Head and back hair-brown. Gape line mottled.
Found in most parts of the world. A winter visitor to India, but met with at other seasons, notably at Karachi in June arid August; in Ceylon in June. At the Laccadives, Hume found Turnstones swimming in the sea like Phalaropes. Eggs (1.6 x 1.1) buff, spotted brown. (J. 860. B. 1430.)
Also S. melanocephoela. 8". "With throat and breast blackish. From W. N. America.