1026. Aegialitis asiatica

1026. Caspian Plover.
AEgialitis asiatica (Pall.), Reis. Russ. Reichs, ii. p. 715 (1773) ; Naum, xiii. p. 225, Taf. 386, figs. 1, 2 ; Dresser, vii. p. 479, pls. 520 fig. 1, 522 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 230 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 239 ; Saunders, p. 537 ; Lilford, v. p. 27, pl. 9 ; Poynting, p. 23, pl. 5 ; AE. caspia (Pall.), Zoogr. Ross. As. ii. p. 136, tab. lviii. (1811).
Male ad. (Kirghis Steppes). Forehead, a broad line over the eye, sides of head, chin, and throat white ; upper parts hair-brown, the scapulars margined with ochreous ; quills blackish brown ; tail dark hair-brown, most of the feathers tipped with white ; a broad pectoral band rich rust- red bordered above and below with black ; rest of under parts and axillaries pure white ; bill blackish ; legs ochreous yellow ; iris hazel Culmen 1.0, wing 5.62, tail 2.1, tarsus 1.6. The female is rather paler and duller in colour, and the pectoral band is greyish brown tinged with rufous. In winter both sexes are like the female in summer, but have the pectoral band paler, greyer, and less distinct. Young birds have the feathers on the upper parts margined with ochreous buff or buffy white, and almost lack the pectoral band.
Hab. Transcaspia and Central Asia ; Africa as far south as the Cape Colony in winter ; has once been obtained in India ; a straggler to Europe west of the Volga, having been twice obtained in Heligoland, once in England, and once in Italy.
Frequents sandy localities, chiefly inland, and the desert steppes, and in general habits does not appreciably differ from its allies. It breeds in the Kirghis steppes, on the eastern shores of the Caspian and in Turkestan, and deposits in May, in a mere depression on the ground, 3 eggs, which are ochreous in ground-colour, boldly blotched with blackish brown, and measure about 1.45 by 1.02.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1026. Aegialitis asiatica
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
Caspian Plover
Caspian Plover
Charadrius asiaticus
Vol. 2

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