Aegialitis geoffroyi, Wagler.
846. :- -Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 638 ; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 12 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 426 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 226.
THE LARGE SAND PLOVER.
Length, 8.5; expanse, 17.5 ; wing, 5.5 ; tail, 2 ; tarsus, 1.5 ; bill at front, 1.
Bill blackish; irides dark-brown; orbits blackish ; legs greyish-green.
Winter plumage; greyish-brown on the upper parts, ear-coverts, and beneath the eyes, and sides of the breast; the rest of the under parts, with the feathers immediately above the bill, and a streak over the eye, white ; primaries darker, and the secondaries partly white on their outer web.
In summer dress, the forehead, lores, ear-coverts and beneath the eye, are black, having a white mark on each side of the forehead; the neck and breast are bright rufous, contrasting with the pure white throat; the head is more or less deeply tinned with rufous, and the back, and especially the scapularies, are partially banded with the same.
The Large Sand Plover is a more or less common cold weather visitant to all parts of the coast.