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.