Himantopus candidus

Himantopus candidus, Bona.

898. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 704 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 18 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 430; H. intermedins, Blyth. ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 258 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India;. Ibis, 1885, p. 134.

THE STILT.

Gaj-paun, Hin.

Length, 14.5 to 15.5; expanse, 26 to 30; wing, 8.5 to 9 ; tail, 3 ; tarsus, 4.5 to 5.5 ; bill at front, 2.75.

Bill black, reddish at base ; irides blood-red ; feet lake-red. Back of the head black or dusky, more or less mixed with whitish, in some nearly all white, in others with only the nape black ; back and sides of neck grey ; interscapulars and wings glossy green-black; tail pale ash-grey; rest of the plumage, including the back and rump, pure white, sometimes tinged with rosy on the breast.

The Stilt or Long-legs is common throughout the whole region, but only occurs during the cold weather in Guzerat and the Deccan. In Sind it appears to be a permanent resident, breeding freely in the Narra District during June. The eggs, four in number, are deposited on- the bare ground; they are oval in shape, pinched in at one end; the ground- color varies from olive-brown to greenish stone, and the markings consist of spots, streaks, and blotches of black, blackish-brown and rich umber-brown. They measure 1.64 inches in length by about 1.21 in breadth.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Himantopus candidus
Spp Author: 
Bona.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
362
Common name: 
Stilt
M_ID: 
3971
M_CN: 
Black-winged Stilt
M_SN: 
Himantopus himantopus
id: 
12044

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