Aegialitis asiatica, Pall.
845quat. :- Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 426.
THE CASPIAN SAND PLOVER.
Length, 7.5 ; wing, 5.5 ; tarsus, 1.5 ; bill at front, 0.8.
Bill black ; legs and feet greenish-yellow.
Crown, nape, the whole of the back and wings above hair, brown ; forehead, eyebrows, eyelids, sides of the face and throat pure white; across the breast a broad rufous band, the lowest feathers of which, in some specimens, are terminated by dark umber-brown; thence. to the extremities of the under tail-coverts, pure white ; primaries brownish-black; the shafts of all mesially white ; secondaries long, extending nearly to the end of the primaries; axillaries white ; tail moderately long ; the outer feathers on each side smoke-grey, the others darker in color, as they approach the middle.
The Caspian Sand Plover was obtained by Mr. Vidal in Ratnagiri. It is an exceedingly rare cold weather visitant.
This is the first authentic instance of its occurrence within Indian limits.