Cursorius coromandelicus

Cursorius coromandelicus, Gm.

840. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 626 ; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 10 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 425 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 221 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 132.

THE INDIAN COURIER PLOVER.

Length, 9 to 10 ; expanse, 19 to 20; wing, 6 ; tail, 2.4 ; tarsus, 2.2 ; bill at front, 0.8.

Bill black ; legs- creamy or opaque-white ; irides deep brown.

Top of head bright ferruginous ; lores, continued through the eyes to the nape, black, and a white eyebrow ; upper plumage pale ashy or isabella-brown; quills and primary-coverts black ; chin white ; neck and breast pale isabella-rufous, deepening on the abdomen to chesnut, and terminating in a black bar on the middle of the belly ; lower abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts white.

The Indian Courier Plover occurs more or less commonly throughout the region, excepting, of course, the more hilly tracts.

It is in most places a permanent resident, breeding during April. The eggs (there is no nest), two or three in number, are spherical in shape, of a buff or cream-color, clouded, blotched or smeared with patches of very pale inky-grey, and above this are lines, scratches, and streaks of blackish-brown.

These markings are generally small and closely set, with an occasional inky-black smudge or smear intermingled. They measure about 1.19 inches in length by about 0.97 in breadth.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Cursorius coromandelicus
Spp Author: 
Gm.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
324
Common name: 
Indian Courier Plover
M_ID: 
4391
M_CN: 
Indian Courser
M_SN: 
Cursorius coromandelicus
id: 
11943

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