1445. Aegialitis vereda.
The Eastern Dotterel.
Charadrius veredus, Gould, P. Z. S. 1848, p. 38 ; Seebohm, Charadr. p. 115. Eudromias veredus, Harting, Ibis, 1870, p. 209, pl. vi; Ball, J. A. S. B. xii, pt. 2, p. 288 ; id. S. F. i, p. 83; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 288 ; id. Cat, no. 845 ter. Ochthodromus veredus, Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xxiv, p. 232.
This Plover is much like AE. asiatica, but is larger, with less distinct supercilia and with the hind neck always paler than the crown or back ; the whole wing-lining and axillaries are light brown.
In summer plumage the whole head and neck except the occiput and nape, which remain brown, become white; this passes into rufous on the fore neck, and this again into chestnut on the breast and sides of the breast, there being again a passage from the chestnut into the black band that terminates it posteriorly; lower breast and abdomen white.
In young birds there are rufous fringes to the upper plumage and dark centres to the brown feathers of the breast.
Bill deep olive-brown; legs light brownish flesh-colour; feet washed with grey, blackish on joints (Swinhoe).
Lengtb.9.5; tail 2.4; wing 6.5; tarsus 1.8 ; bill from gape 1.05.
Distribution. This species breeds in Northern China and Mongolia, and spends the winter in the Malay Peninsula and Australia. A solitary specimen was obtained at the Andamans by Dr. G. E. Dobson in 1872, and identified by Ball.