1034. Aegialitis pecuaria

1034. KITTLITZ’S PLOVER.
AEGIALITIS PECUARIA.
AEgialitis pecuaria (Temm.), Pl. Col. v. pl. 183 (1823) ; Halting, P.Z.S. 1874, p. 457, pl. lx. fig. 4 (egg) ; Dresser, ix. p. 341, pl. 709 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 297 ; Charadrius kittlitzi, Reichenb. Syn. Av. ii. Tab. cv. fig. 1063 (1851) ; Layard, B. S. Af. p. 297 ; AE. varia, Harting, Ibis, 1873, p. 262, pl. viii. (nec. Linn.).
Kanhiapraia, in Benguela ; Vikiviky, Kiboranto, Malagasy,
Male ad. (Nile). Forehead, a broad line passing through the eye to the nape, chin, and throat white ; a narrow line on the fore crown, lores, and a band below the eye down the sides of the neck black ; upper parts dusky brown ; secondaries margined with white at the tips ; middle tail- feathers dusky brown, the outermost pure white, the rest greyish white ; lower throat and breast ochraceous rufous ; rest of under parts, under wing-coverts, and axillaries white ; bill and legs blackish ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.74, wing 4.0, tail 1.85, tarsus 1.2, bare part of tibia 0.65 inch. Female similar. Young birds lack the black on the forehead, and have the white on the head tinged with rusty red.
Hab. North-east Africa from the Nile Delta, and the whole of Africa, except the extreme north-western portions, down to the Cape and Madagascar.
In general habits it most nearly resembles the Little Ringed Plover. It breeds inland, though at no great distance from water, in South Africa in September, depositing its 4 eggs on the ground without making any regular nest. The eggs are olive-brown, irregularly and profusely marked with line lines and spots of black, and measure about 1.21 by 0.82.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1034. Aegialitis pecuaria
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1034
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
742
Common name: 
Kittlitz’s Plover
M_ID: 
4084
M_CN: 
Kentish Plover
M_SN: 
Charadrius alexandrinus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10464

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