1033. Aegialitis vocifera

1033. Killdeer Plover.
AEgialitis vocifera (Linn.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 253 (1766) ; (Audubon), B. of Am. pl. 215 ; Dresser, ix. p. 345, pl. 708 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 242 ; Ridgway, p. 174 ; Saunders, p. 545 ; Lilford, v. p. 37. pl. 13 ; Poynting, p. 37, pl. 9.
Tildeo, Mexican ; Pijije, in Costa Rica.
Male ad. (New Jersey). Forehead, stripe above and behind the eye, chin, throat, collar round the hind neck, and under parts generally, white ; fore crown, stripe from the lores through the eye, collar round the lower neck, and a band across the breast black ; upper parts warm brown ; larger wing-coverts tipped with white ; middle tail-feathers brown, the next orange at the base, then black tipped with white, the outer ones white tinged with rufous, and barred with black ; upper tail-coverts rufous ; bill black ; legs dull greenish ; iris brown ; eyelids orange-red. Culmen 0.92, wing 6.35, tail 3.8, tarsus 1.45 inch. Sexes alike. The young have the feathers on the upper parts margined with pale rufous.
Hab. The whole of temperate North America, wintering in the West Indies, Central America, and the northern portions of South America ; has occurred once in Hants and once on Tresco, one of the Scilly Islands.
Frequents not only the coast, but is also found far inland, and is a noisy, restless bird, though not particularly shy. It runs with great swiftness, and is equally active on the wing. Its food consists of insects, worms, and crustacea. It breeds from April to June, the nest being a mere depression in the ground, sparingly lined with a few grass-bents, and it is usually found nesting inland. The eggs, 4 in number, are pale clay buff or ochreous, blotched and spotted with black, with a few paler shell-markings, and occasionally with a few black streaks and lines ; in size they average 1.55 by 1.12.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1033. Aegialitis vocifera
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
Killdeer Plover
Charadrius vociferus
Vol. 2

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