1448. Aegialitis hiaticula.
The Ringed Plover.
Charadrius hiaticula, Linn. Syst. Nat. i, p. 253 (1766); Seebohm, Charadr. p. 125. Aegialitis hiaticula, Hume, S. F. viii, p. 197; Scully, Ibis, 1831, p. 587. Aegialitis hiaticola, Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xxiv, p. 256.
Both young and adults of this Plover closely resemble AE. dubia, but they are larger, the shafts of all the primaries have the basal half brown and the distal half white except near the tip; there is a white streak outside the shaft in the middle of the quill in all the inner primaries, the greater coverts are tipped white, and there is much white on the inner secondaries and on the outer rectrices.
Bill orange-yellow, the tip black ; irides brown; feet orange.
Length 7.5 ; tail 2.3 ; wing 5.2; tarsus 1 ; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. Throughout Europe and Western and Central Asia as far as Lake Baikal, wintering chiefly in Africa. A migratory bird, and a rare and occasional visitor to N. W. India. One specimen was obtained at Sultanpur, south of Delhi, by Mr. Chill in November 1878, and a second at Gilgit by Dr. Scully in October 1879.