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.
THE STONE PLOVER.
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.