Dromas ardeola, Payk.
861. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 658 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 234.
THE CRAB PLOVER.
Length, 15 ; wing, 8.75 ; tail, 2.95 ; tarsus, 3.6 ; bill, 2.5.
Bill black ; irides brown; legs plumbeous.
Whole head, neck, wing-coverts, lengthened tertiaries, scapulars and lower parts, white; mantle, interscapular region, greater wing-coverts and primaries, black ; some of the tertiaries and the tail reddish-ashy, paling on the inner webs.
The Crab Plover is not uncommon on the sea-coast near Kurrachee and at Mandavee.
It is only of late years that any authentic information in regard to its nidification has been obtained. It has now been ascertained beyond any possibility of doubt, incredible as it may appear, that they burrow in sandhills (on small islands in the Persian Gulf), to the depth of about four feet or so, and lay a single white egg, similar to a duck egg, measuring 2.54 inches in length and 1.77 in breadth.