1028. Kentish Plover.
AEgialitis cantiana (Lath.), Ind. Orn. Suppl, p. 66 (1801) ; (Naum.), vii. p. 210, Taf. 176 ; (Hewitson), ii. p. 298. pl. lxxvii. fig. 3 ; (Gould), B. of E. iv. pl. 298 ; (id.), B. of Gt. Brit. iv. pl. 40 ; Dresser, vii. p. 483, pl. 523 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 430 ; (Seebohm), B. Jap. Emp. p. 309 ; Saunders, p. 543 ; Lilford, v. p. 35, pl. 12 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 833 ; Poynting, p. 33, pl. 8 ; ? AE. alexandrina (Linn.), Syst. Nat. i p. 253 (1766) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br Mus. xxiv. p. 275 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 240.
Pluvier a collier interrompu, French ; Lavandeira, Portug. ; Charran, Pillara, Span. ; Fratino, Ital. ; See-Regenpfeifer, German ; Strandplevier, Dutch ; Hvidbrystet Strandpiber, Dan. ; Sortbenet-Sandryle, Norweg. ; Svartbenta Strandpipare, Swed. ; Morskoi-suek, Russ.
Male ad. (Kent), Forehead, a broad streak over the eye, sides of head and neck, under parts, axillaries, and under wing-coverts pure white ; above the white on the forehead a black patch ; crown and occiput reddish brown ; upper parts light brown ; primaries blackish brown, the shafts chiefly white ; middle tail-feathers blackish brown, the rest white ; lores, a streak through the eye, ear-coverts, and a patch on each side of the breast black ; bill and legs black ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.8, wing 3.95, tail 1.7. tarsus 1.05, The female has the black markings narrower, and the crown and occiput like the back, but paler. In the winter the feathers on the crown and occiput have brown margins and the black feathers on the head are blurred by white margins.
Hab. Central and Southern Europe, north to the south coast of England and Southern Scandinavia ; Africa in winter, as far south as the Cape Colony ; Asia Minor and Asia east to Japan, north to Dauria, south in winter through India and China to Australia.
Frequents the sea coasts, chiefly in sandy and shingly localities, and in general habits resembles AE. hiaticola. It breeds both on the coast and near inland waters, the nest being a mere depression in the soil, sand, or shingle, and the eggs, 3 in number, are usually deposited in May, and are deep ochreous in ground-colour, irregularly marked and blotched with greyish black underlying, and black surface spots and lines ; in size they measure about 1.26 by 0.87.
1028. Aegialitis cantiana
1028. Kentish Plover.