1079. Eurynorhynchus pygmaeus

1079. Spoon-billed Sandpiper.
EURYNORHYNCHUS PYGMAEUS.
Eurynorhynchus pygmoeus (Linn.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 231 (1766) ; Harting, Ibis, 1869, p. 427, pl. xii. ; Gould, B. of As. vii. pl. 66 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 474 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 928 ; (Seebohm), B. Jap. Emp. p. 338 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 271 ; Ridgway, p. 160 ; E. griseus, Nilss. Orn. Suec. ii. p. 29 (1821).
Male ad. (E. Siberia). Crown and back black margined with rufous and ochreous ; wing-coverts and neck paler and greyer ; middie of rump and upper tail-coverts, and middle tail-feathers blackish ; sides of rump white ; tail otherwise grey ; quills blackish brown, the shafts white ; sides of head, throat, and breast rusty red ; rest of under parts and under surface of wings white, the lower breast spotted with black ; bill and legs black ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.95, wing 3.9, tail 1.45, taraus 0.85 inch ; bill spatulate. Sexes alike. In winter the plumage is entirely without red ; upper parts dusty grey, with white or paler margins ; wing-coverts tipped with white ; forehead, sides of head, neck, and under parts pure white.
Hab. North-eastern Siberia, migrating south to Japan, the coasts of China, Burma, and rarely those of India ; accidental in Alaska.
But little is on record respecting this Sandpiper, which is easily recognizable by its broadly spatulate bill, and it is said to frequent mud-flats in company with other waders. It breeds in Northern Siberia, but its nest and eggs are as yet unknown.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1079. Eurynorhynchus pygmAeus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1079
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
780
Common name: 
Spoon Billed Sandpiper
M_ID: 
4367
M_CN: 
Spoon-billed Sandpiper
M_SN: 
Eurynorhynchus pygmeus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10850

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