Cursorius gallicus, Gm.
840bis. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, Appendix, p. 874; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 11; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 221.
THE CREAM-COLORED COURSER.
Length, 10; wing, 6.5 ; tail, 2.5; tarsus, 2.2; bill at front, 0.85. Bill black ; legs yellowish-white.
Forehead and upper plumage generally pale isabelline or sandy-yellow ; top of the head pale grey; a broad superciliary white band from the eye to the occiput, with a narrower black line beneath it; both widen out at the occiput, which is sub-crested, mixed black and white; quills black; tail concolorous with the upper plumage, with a broad dark-brown terminal band, broadly tipped with white on all, except the central feathers; beneath, as above but paler, and albescent towards the vent and under tail-coverts ; lower wing-coverts deep brown.
The Cream-colored Courser is a not uncommon cold weather visitant to Northern Guzerat; it does not occur in the Deccan. In Sind it is a permanent resident, breeding during May and June.
The eggs are barely distinguishable from those of the preceding species.