Aegialitis dubia

Aegialitis dubia, Scop.

849. :- AE. philippensis, Scop. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 640; AE. curonicus, Gmel.; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 12 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 426; AE. philippensis, Lath.; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind' p. 227 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 132.

THE INDIAN RINGED PLOVER.

Length, 7.25 ; expanse, 13.5 ; wing, 4.5 ; tail, 2.5 ; tarsus, 1 ; bill at front, 0.56.

Bill black, yellowish at the base ; irides deep brown ; orbits yellow; legs yellow.

Frontal zone white, followed by a black band edged with white, which passes over the eyes as a superciliary mark; lores black, passing under the eyes through the ear-coverts; chin, throat, and lower face, passing as a collar round the hind-neck, white succeeded by a broadish black zone or ring which Borders the white ring, gradually narrowing behind; upper plumage cinereous brown ; quills brown ; tail, with the central feathers ashy-brown, tipped dark-brown, the outermost feathers nearly all white, with a brown spot on the inner web, gradually increasing in extent and becoming ashy at the base; lower plumage and under wing-coverts white.

The Indian Ringed Plover is a common permanent resident throughout the region. It breeds during March and April; the eggs are deposited in a depression, scraped in the sand, near the waters' edge ; they are usually four in number, and are moderately elongated ovals, pinched at the small end; the shell is fine and compact, but without gloss. They are of a fawn or buffy-stone color, spotted and marked with lines and figures of blackish-brown, with a few underlying markings of pale inky-purple.

They measure 1.14 inches in length by 0.84 in breadth.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Aegialitis dubia
Spp Author: 
Scop.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
330
Common name: 
Indian Ringed Plover
M_ID: 
4056
M_CN: 
Little Ringed Plover
M_SN: 
Charadrius dubius
Term name: 
id: 
11962

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