Esacus recurvirostris, Cuv.
858. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 652 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 14; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 427; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 231; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 133.
THE LARGE STONE PLOVER.
Length, 19 to 20; expanse, 36; wing, 11; tail, 4.5; tarsus, 3.25; bill at front, 2.75 ; bill from gape, 3.5.
Bill greenish-yellow, black at tip irides bright pale-yellow; legs yellow.
General color above brownish sky-grey; forehead white; eye-brow, ear-coverts, and moustaches blackish; shoulders, winglet, some_ of the outermost wing-coverts, quills, and tip of tail, blackish; wings and tail irregularly but broadly banded with white; beneath, with the lower surface of wings and tail, white.
The Large Stone Plover is a common permanent resident in Sind ; it occurs much more rarely in the other portions of our district. It breeds about March. The eggs, two in number, are deposited in a depression in the sand in river beds; they are broad oval in shape, very slightly pointed towards one end, and the ground color varies from an earthy-drab color to a pale olive-brown. The markings consist of blotches, streaks, lines, spots, &c, of various shades of olive and umber-brown, in some becoming almost black.
They measure 215 inches in length by about 1.6 in breadth.