(2108) Leucopolius alexandrinus dealbatus
THE CHINESE KENTISH PLOVER.
Aegialites dealbatus Swinhoe, P. Z. S., 1870, p. 138 (S. coast of China). Aegialitis alexandrina. Blanf. & Oates, iv. p. 240 (part,).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Differs from the two preceding birds in being slightly larger on an average and in having a longer bill; in breeding plumage the upper parts are often suffused with rufous.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing 106 to 113 mm.; tail 45 to 50 mm.; tarsus 28 to 30 mm.; culmen 17 to 18 mm. (one 19 mm.). The bill is also slightly stouter than in the other races. In a large series of Chinese specimens it measures 16 to 19 mm.
Distribution. The coasts and large tidal rivers of South China and the Indo-Chinese countries. Pour specimens were obtained in Tenasserim and one as far West as Calcutta.
Nidification. Similar to that of the typical form. Jones took a fine series of its eggs on the Chefoo in 1902 and 1908: they are just like those of the European Kentish Plover and fifty average 32.4 x 22.8 mm.: maxima 34.9 X 24.3 and 33.3 x 24.4 mm.; minima 29.8 X 22.0 mm. Three appears to be the normal full clutch but in one nest five were found which seem to be the production of one bird.
The eggs were all taken in May and June and were laid in hollows scratched in sandy coastal flats.
Habits. Those of the species.