Glareola orientalis, Leach.
842. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 631 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 425; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 222.
THE LARGE SWALLOW PLOVER,
Length, 10 ; expanse, 24; wing, 7.5; tail, 4.5; tarsus, 1.25; bill at gape, 0.98.
Bill black; gape red; irides dark-brown; feet dusky-black.
Upper plumage, including the head, pale hair-brown ; orbits white beneath, feathered; quills blackish, the shaft of first primary white externally ; upper tail-coverts white ; tail with the feathers white at their base, broadly tipped with blackish-brown; beneath, the chin and throat rufous, surrounded by a black line from the gape; below this the breast and abdomen are rufous-earthy, passing into white on the lower abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts; axillaries and posterior portion of the under wing-coverts chesnut.
The Large Swallow Plover is rare in the Deccan, but is common in Sind. It breeds in the latter district during April and May. The eggs, two or three in number, are deposited on the ground, in a depression, and are broad oval or nearly spherical in shape; they are of a light dirty-green color, or even drab, covered with dark purple blotches and spots, occasionally forming a zone at the large end.
They measure 1.26 inches in length by 0.95 in width.