The late Latin form of Aristotle's. Derivation unknown.
Bill flexible, straight, or slightly curved downwards. Both mandibles grooved. First quill longest. Tail even and without bars. Median rectrices pointed, and sometimes projecting. Tarsus scutellated. Hind toe present. Anterior toes free or barely united by a web. Migratory, breeding in N. Asia.
STINTS have shorter bills and legs than GODWITS, and shorter and softer bills than SANDPIPERS. Change of plumage in summer darker above and rufous beneath. Frequent marine marshes and seashore. Retire north in summer.
It is on the shore, after recess of the tide, in company with other species, that these birds are seen collecting their food from the refuse of the ocean, or quietly and intently probing the moist sand for worms and small shell-fish, running before the advancing surf, and profiting by what is left behind.
(i.) Bill straight Shafts of primaries mostly white.