144. Aegialitis (cantiana) alexandrina.
THE KENTISH RINGED PLOVER.
Cantiana = Kentish, because specimens were first sent to Latham by Dr. Boys from Sandwich, in Kent.
Male 6 1/2" to 6 3/4"; 1 1/4 to 1 1/3 oz. Legs dusky grey. Bill black.— In winter; Crown brown. Large patch black on each side of breast. Central tail ashy. Shaft of first primary white throughout. In summer: Crown pale rusty. Europe, Africa, and the greater part of Asia and Australia. A winter visitor to India. Has been found breeding in S. India and Ceylon, Guzerat, Karachi, and Jashk. Eggs (1.2 x 0.9) pale olive, spotted brown.
The Kentish Plover has its breeding place in Britain limited to the pebbly beach between Sandwich and Hastings. In other parts of the British Isles it only occurs as a chance straggler, yet this bird has as wide a range elsewhere as almost any that could be named, breeding not only abundantly along the greater part of the coasts of the temperate and warmer portions of the Old World north of the equator, but also occasionally in the interior, as at the base of the Caucasus and in the plains of N. Africa. During its migration it wanders to the Malay Archipelago and S. Africa. Moreover, it appears to be specifically identical with AE. nivosa, which is found on the W. coast of America. (J. 848. B. 1446.)