(2107) Leucopolius alexandrinus seebohmi.
THE INDIAN KENTISH PLOVER.
Charadrius alexandrinus seebohmi Hartert & Jackson, Ibis, 1915, p. 529 (Ceylon) Aegialitis alexandrina. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 240 (part.).
Vernacular names. Puchi-oleyiya (Cing.); Sinna-kotan (Tam.).
Description. Slightly smaller than the preceding bird and with rather smaller bill; it is also rather browner and darker.
Colours of soft parts as in the typical form.
Measurements. Wing 93 to 107 mm.; culmen 13 to 15 mm.
Distribution. Coasts of the Red Sea, Somaliland and Ceylon.
Nidification. This small race of Kentish Plover breeds in some numbers on the sandy pastures and shores of Ceylon and, less often, on the shores of inland tanks. The eggs, which number two or three, are laid in shallow depressions scraped by the birds and the eggs are often imbedded in the sand so that only the rounded tops are visible. They are only distinguishable from those of the typical form by their much smaller size. Forty eggs average 29.9 x 22.0 mm.: maxima 33.2 X 22.0 and 29.9 X 23.4 mm.; minima 29.1 X 22.3 and 29.3 X 21.3 mm.
Eggs have been taken from April to August and the principal breeding months are June and July.
Habits. Those of the species.