1473. Tringa subminuta.
The Long-toed Stint.
Tringa subminuta, Middendorff, Reis. Sibir., Zool., S'augth. Vog. &c. p. 222, pl. xix, fig. 6 (foot) (1851); Jerdon, B. I. iii, p. 875; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 889; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 391 ; Seebohm, Charadr. p. 438. Tringa damacensis, Blyth, Ibis, 1867, p. 168; Hume, S. B. i, p. 242. Tringa salina, apud Holdsworth, P. Z. S. 1872, p. 474; Legge, S. F. i, p. 491; Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 156. Tringa ruficollis, apud Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 461; Ball, S. F. vii, p. 228; Hume, ibid,, p. 487; id. Cat. no. 884 bis ; id. S. F. xi, p. 323. Limonites damacensis, Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xxiv, p. 553.
Coloration in winter. Upper parts dark brown, the feathers with light brown edges, a dark streak through the lores to the eye, and a pale greyish superciliary band ; sides of head and neck light greyish brown, streaked darker; quills dark brown, scarcely any white on the secondaries and narrow tips on the greater coverts ; shafts of 1st primary whitish in parts, those of other primaries brown ; lower back, middle of rump and of upper tail-coverts, and middle tail-feathers blackish; sides of rump and lateral tail-coverts white, outer tail-feathers greyish brown; chin, throat, abdomen, and lower tail-coverts white; fore neck and breast pale greyish brown with dark shaft-stripes.
In summer the feathers of the upper parts are broadly edged with rufous, and there is a slight rufous tinge on the fore neck and breast, as in T. minuta.
Bill olive-brown ; iris brown ; legs and toes pale brown (Oates) ; legs and feet yellowish olivaceous (Legge).
Length 6 ; tail 1.5 ; wing 3.7; tarsus .8; mid-toe and claw .9. to 1 ; bill from gape .75.
Distribution. Eastern Siberia in summer, S. E. Asia to Australia in winter. Common at that season in Burma, Bengal, and Ceylon, and probably occurring throughout the Eastern half of the Indian Peninsula.
Habits, &c. The Long-toed Stint occurs, like T. minuta, in flocks during the winter, but is, according to both Legge and Oates, even, more of a marsh-loving bird than that species, its long toes evidently enabling it to run over soft mud. Hume found these two Stints to be brought in about equal numbers to the bazaar in Calcutta.