Oedicnemus scolopax

Oedicnemus scolopax, S. G. Gm.

859. :- OE. crepitans, Tem. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 654; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 427; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 232; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 133.


Length, 16 to 17; wing, 9; tail, 4.5 ; tarsus, 3.4; bill at front, 1.5.

Bill yellow, black at tip; irides and orbits yellow; legs and feet yellow.

Upper parts reddish-ashy with a longitudinal dusky stripe down the middle of each feather ; a pale bar on the wing formed by the tips of the coverts; quills black, the first with a large and conspicuous white spot near the middle, the second with one somewhat smaller; tail with all the feathers, except the central ones, tipped with black; lores, cheeks, throat, belly, and thigh-coverts, white ; the neck and breast tinged with reddish-earthy, and marked with fine longitudinal streaks; under tail-coverts reddish-ashy.

The Stone Plover is not uncommon in suitable localities throughout our limits ; it is a permanent resident, breeding from February to June, but the majority lay in April. The nest is a mere hollow scraped out by the birds, unlined, or with at most a few blades of grass or dead leaves. The eggs, two in number, occasionally three, are broadish oval in shape, the ground color, varying from yellowish-white to pale buffy-brown, and the markings from olive to blackish-brown, and consists of spots, specks, streaks, blotches, and clouds, thickly or thinly spread over the whole surface.

They measure 1.9 inches in length by 1.39 in breadth.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Oedicnemus scolopax
Spp Author: 
S. g. gm.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Stone Plover
Eurasian Stone-curlew
Burhinus oedicnemus

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