Aegialitis minuta, Pall.
850. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 641 ; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 426 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 132.
THE LESSER RINGED PLOVER.
Length, 6.75 ; expanse, 12.25 ; wing, 4.08; tail, 2.1; tarsus. 0.92 ; bill from gape, 0.56.
Bill blackish, intense yellow at base beneath and gape; irides dark-brown; legs bluish-grey ; eyelids yellow.
Very similar to the last but smaller altogether, and with proportionally much smaller legs and feet. The upper plumage is of a somewhat darker shade ; the quills are also blacker; the lateral tail-feathers have more white; the base of the lower mandible is more yellow (this at once serves to distinguish the two), and the tertiaries are less lengthened.
The distinctness of this species from the last is disputed by many, but Mr. Hume has in " Stray Feathers," at various times, clearly pointed out the differences. It has not been recorded from Sind. Its mode of nidification resembles that of the preceding species in all respects.