1032. Aegialitis curonica

AEgialitis curonica (Gmel.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 692 (1788) ; Dresser, vii. p. 491, pl. 524 ; Saunders, p. 541 ; Lilford, v. p. 33, pl. 11 ; Poynting, p. 31, pl. 7 ; ? AE. dubia (Scop.), Del. Faun, et Flor. Insubr, ii. p. 93 (1786) ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 429 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 263 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 241 ; Ridgway, p. 177 ; AE. minor (Wolf and Meyer), Vog. Deutschl, i. Heft 15, Taf. 5 (1805) ; (Naum.), vii. p. 225, Taf. 177 ; (Hewitson), ii. p. 299, pl. lxxvii. fig. 4 ; (Seebohm), B. Jap. Emp. p. 306 ; (Gould), B. of E. iv. pl. 297 ; id. B. of Gt. Brit. iv. pl. 42 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 830.
Petit Pluvier a collier, French ; Lavandeira, Portug. ; Andarios pequeno, Corriolet, Span. ; Corriere piccolo, Ital. ; Fluss-Regen- pfeifer, German ; Kleine Plevier, Dutch : Lille Strandpiber, Dan. ; Mindre Strandryle, Norweg. ; Mindre Strandpipare, Swed. ; Pieni-rantaraukuja, Finn. ; Retschnoi-suek, Russ. ; Zirrea, Hindu.
Male ad. (Southern Europe). Differs from AE. hiaticola in being much smaller, and in having the shaft of the first primary alone white, those of the rest of the quills brown ; bill black with a small yellow patch at the base of the lower mandible ; legs deep fleshy yellow ; iris brown, the edge of the eyelid yellow. Culmen 0.62, wing 4.33, tail 2.3, tarsus 0.95 inch.
Hab. Europe generally, north to Southern Scandinavia ; of very accidental occurrence in the south of England ; Northern Africa in winter ; Asia east to Japan ; north to Dauria, south in summer in Mongolia, Manchuria, China, and Northern India, wintering in Southern India, the Moluccas, and as far south as New Guinea ; of doubtful occurrence in N.W. America.
In general habits this bird resembles AE. hiaticola, but affects the vicinity of inland water, such as the banks of rivers and the shores of inland lakes and ponds, especially where the ground is sandy or pebbly. Its note is slightly different and more shrill than that of its larger ally. It nests on sandy or pebbly ground, or, as I noticed in Spain, it frequently makes use of a dry patch of cow-dung ; and it makes no nest. Its eggs, 4 in number, are usually deposited in May, and are stone-buff or stone-ochreous, rather finely spotted with purplish grey underlying shell, and blackish brown surface-markings, measuring about 1.21 by 0.85.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
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1032. Aegialitis curonica
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H. E. Dresser
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Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Charadrius dubius
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