(2105) Eupoda vereda.
THE EASTERN SAND-PLOVER.
Charadrius veredus Gould, P. Z. S., 1848, p. 38 (N.W. Australia). Aegialitis vereda. Blanf. & Oates, iv. p. 240.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to the preceding bird but with much more white on the fore-crown and forehead, no brown in front of the eye or over the ear-coverts and, sometimes, a pale whitish-brown or white hind-neck; the axillaries are light brown tipped with white; the white upper plumage, especially the head, is a paler brown; the black breast-band is wider.
Colours of soft parts. Iris hazel; " bill olive-brown ; legs pale brownish flesh-colour; feet washed with grey, blackish on joints " (Swinhoe).
Measurements. Wing 153 to 167 mm.; tail 59 to 64 mm.; tarsus about 44 to 46 mm.; culmen 22 to 24 mm.
Distribution. Northern China and Mongolia. In Winter South through China to Australia and the Philippines. A single specimen was shot by Dr. G. E. Adams in the Andamans in 1872 and identified by Ball.
Nidification. A single egg sent me with portions of the skin of the bird shot off the nest is more like a weakly-marked Dotterel's egg than that of Aegialitis, as might have been expected. It measures 38.4 x 27.0 mm. and was taken about the 2nd of June, 1906, in Ladak, West Tibet, at an elevation of about 12,500 feet.
Habits. Those of the genus.